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Author Richards, David Alan, 1955- author.

Title Skulls and keys : the hidden history of Yale's secret societies / David Alan Richards.

Publication Info. New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.


Location Call No. Status
 Cheshire Public Library - Adult Department  378.1983 RICHARDS    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - Adult Department  366 RIC    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Bishop's Corner Branch - Non Fiction  366.0974 RICHARDS    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  366.0974 RICHARDS    Check Shelf
 Wethersfield Public Library - Non Fiction  366 RICHARDS    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  366 RI    Check Shelf
Edition First Pegasus Books edition
Description xxiv, 821 pages ; 24 cm
Summary "Secret societies have fundamentally shaped America's cultural and political landscapes. In ways that are expected but never explicit, the bonds made and lessons learned through the most elite of secret societies have helped make their members senators, governors, ambassadors, CIA directors, Supreme Court justices, and even presidents. At the apex of these institutions stands Yale University and its ancient six secret societies, with their modern--and even more private--"underground" rivals. Tracing a history that has intrigued and enthralled for centuries, winning the attention of such writers as Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Skulls and Keys recounts the founding and growth of Yale's storied societies as they set the courses for self-education, ambition, and assimilation that have served to define our modern age."--Jacket flap.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 697-797) and index.
Contents Bonding in secret -- The secrets of Phi Beta Kappa (1781-1831) -- The founding of Scull and Bone (1832-1842) -- The "opposition" of Scroll and Key (1843-1855) -- The making of tombs, teams, and gifts (1856-1871) -- Provocations of poppycock, and Tap Day's invention (1872-1882) -- The solution of Wolf's Head (1883-1888) -- The threat to Yale democracy (1889-1911) -- The confusions of Stover and disruptions of war (1912-1919) -- Divisions of caste and expansion of the system (1920-1939) -- World war again, and other castes broken (1940-1949) -- Reforms, revelations, and rivals underground (1950-1962) -- Blacks, women, and May Day (1963-1970) -- The integration of women and decline of elites (1971-1991).
Subject Yale University -- Students -- Societies, etc. -- History.
Yale University -- Alumni and alumnae -- Societies, etc. -- History.
Yale University. (OCoLC)fst00531886
Secret societies -- Connecticut -- New Haven -- History.
Social classes -- Connecticut -- New Haven -- History.
Secret societies. (OCoLC)fst01110663
Social classes. (OCoLC)fst01122346
Students -- Societies, etc. (OCoLC)fst01136127
Universities and colleges -- Alumni and alumnae -- Societies, etc. (OCoLC)fst01161639
Connecticut -- New Haven. (OCoLC)fst01206280
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9781681775173 (hardcover)
1681775174 (hardcover)
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