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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The previous riots in Detroit, beginning in the 1830s when African-American citizens of the city rioted to help two runaway slaves, Lucie and Thornton Blackburn, escape jail to Canadian freedom, to the Civil War Draft riot of 1863, the 1942 Sojourner Truth Housing Controversy, and the 1943 "race" riot, are all overshadowed in historical literature and popular culture by the events of 1967, which most contemporaneous African-American Detroiters did not rank as a riot.
Gangs" ends with the murderous draft riot of 1863, emphasizing another major omission: blacks.
htm and Joel Tyler, Headley, The Great Riots of New York, 1712 to 1873, inc1uding a full and complete account of the Four Days' Draft Riot of 1863 (1873), online at http://www.
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.

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