by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America
The very informative book To The Victors Go The Myths And Monuments by Arthur R. Thompson deals at some length with a group called Young America that was very active in this country during the middle of the 19th century.
Mr. Thompson observed, on page 215 of his book that: “The Carbonari’s Young America (YA) reached its ascendency in the late 1850s and played a key role in laying the groundwork for a future civil war. After the Civil War they faded as a visible organization even though their ideas have never faded from the American scene, as witnessed by the Spanish-American War and the modern neoconservative movement. YA aims since the Civil War have been generally carried out by the establishment of the major political parties. In other words, the goals of YA became the established American…
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