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Masonic Revolutions in America and France

Lecture no. 4 from the course: The Real History of Secret Societies

Masonic Revolutions in America and France

Taught by Professor Richard B. Spence | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses

Secret societies do often work behind the scenes to change the world, although not often in the way the stories claim. Professor Spence looks at the secret societies behind the Boston Tea Party and Bastille Day. Understand the part that the Sons of Liberty, the Society of the Friends of the Constitution (the Jacobins), the Grand Orient Lodge, the Nine Sisters Lodge, and other groups played in these important revolutions and see how famous names such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams, and additional founding fathers were involved with these—and other—secret groups.

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c********m
September 8, 2019
It’s clear that positive reviewers are confusing their feeling of being entertained or intrigued with actually being informed or edified. This lecturer offers a long series of half-truths, leading questions and innuendo to “support” unprovable or even laughable claims. It’s fun, but it should come with a warning, “This lecture is presented as entertainment” or be removed from the website. The Great Courses risks its reputation with this series. I enjoy a good mysterious conspiracy-fueled narrative as much as anyone, but this lecture series should be distinguished somehow from the dozens of factual, carefully researched and organized lectures that I have enjoyed from The Great Courses. It doesn’t meet the same standard of accuracy. On many points, it doesn’t even pass the laugh test.

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t********m
September 1, 2019

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b********m
August 23, 2019
Absolute crap. If I had a dollar for every occurrence of the words "suggested", "rumored", "considered", I'd have enough money for a lifetime membership. Old innuendo and conspiracy theories are just old crap, not history. As a faithful monthly subscriber of TGC+, I felt insulted by this "course" until I heard the unbelievable parallel between the Jacobins and Jacques de Meslay, because of the name "Jacques". I laughed my head off, a first for a TGC+ course. A bit of advice to TGC though: you've built your business and credibility proposing great, substantial courses. This crap is beneath you and you should CLEARLY leave that kind of nonsense to channels specializing in pseudo history, such the History Channel. Regards.

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