In July 1863, several months after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation and signed the nation's first federal draft law, New York City was nearly destroyed in a four-day cataclysm of arson, looting, and lynching. Join historian Barnet Schecter for an in-depth look at the festering racial and class conflicts that produced the deadliest riots in American history.
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Date: Mon, March 21, 2011, 6:30 PM
New York City’s only “Civil War Battle” was the 1863 Draft Riot—a convulsive, racially-motivated street fight for the very soul of Manhattan. Experts provide a frank, no-holds-barred account of the sickening excesses of the bloody struggle, its lasting impact on New York politics, the efforts of the mayor, governor, and President Lincoln himself to quell the frightening disturbance, and what it all meant to the future of New York.