New York Draft Riots

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New York Draft Riots

anticonscription feelings resulted in anarchy and bloodshed (1863). [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 429]
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Gangs" ends with the murderous draft riot of 1863, emphasizing another major omission: blacks.
And as Wyn Kelley notes, after 1856 Melville did not represent the city at all, save in 'The House-Top,' a poem set in the midst of the terrible draft riot of 1863, and in which 'the Atheist roar of riot' and the image of rats leaving the wharves and taking over the city, is a prelude for an approving reference to the violent suppression of disorder.
The same mindset counseled sympathetic understanding for labor's rabid anti-Asian racism in the West in the late Nineteenth Century, and tolerated the New York draft riot of 1863, anti-feminist and anti-abortion activism, and whites' anti-busing riots.

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