Jul. 13, 1863 Draft Riots: “When recruiting for the army began in July 1863, a mob in New York wrecked the main recruiting station. Then, for 3 days, crowds of white workers marched through the city, destroying buildings, factories, streetcar lines, homes. The draft riots were complex—anti-black, anti-rich, anti-Republican. They set the city’s colored orphan asylum on fire. They shot, burned, and hanged blacks. Union troops returning from the Battle of Gettysburg stopped the rioting on day…

The July 1863 draft riots were the largest civilian insurrection in American history.

The NYC Draft Riots   Nothing Has Changed

The NYC Draft Riots Nothing Has Changed

Blood in the Streets: The New York City Draft Riots

Blood in the Streets: The New York City Draft Riots

The New York City Draft Riots of 1863~An excerpt from "In the Shadow of Slavery:  African Americans in New York City, 1626-1863." by Leslie M. Harris. Rioters tortured black men, women and children, and burned the Colored Orphans' Asylum to the ground. All 253 children were saved.

White racial terrorism bleeds from the very foundation of white American society. New York City—NOT the South—was the location of possibly the bloodiest of the many racial massacres against Blacks,…

Four Days of Fire: The New York City Draft Riots

The July 1863 draft riots were the largest civilian insurrection in American history.

1863: NYC erupted in riots from 13 - 16 Jul 1863 as working classes expressed their resentment that wealthier men could buy their way out of the new draft law for $300. The protest turned into a race riot. Public buildings, abolitionist homes, black homes and the Colored Orphan Asylum were ransacked or destroyed. Exact death tolls are unknown, but at least 120 civilians were killed.

The Civil War: "A rich man's battle but a poor man's war". New York Draft Riots, 1863

The New York City Draft Riots: US History Review

The New York City Draft Riots: US History Review

The New York City Draft Riots of 1863

The New York City Draft Riots of 1863

8 Successful and Aspiring Black Communities Destroyed by White Neighbors  Atlanta Race Riot (1906); Greenwood , Tulsa, Oklahoma “Black Wall Street” (May 31 – June 1, 1921); Chicago Race Riots (1919); Rosewood Massacre (1923); Washington, D.C. Race Riots (1919); Knoxville, Tennessee Race Riots (1919); New York City Draft Riot (1863); The East St. Louis Massacre (1917) …  *And plenty of more acts of terror since then!! Who's the (real) terrorist???! -#realhistory

Detroit race riot 1943 Rioters began stopping trolley cars and abducting black patrons who were given a swift, unconditional beating

On July 13th, 1863 mobs angered by the new draft rioted in NYC, burning buildings and looting stores. A large portion of the rioters were Irish laborers who thought they were being drafted to free slaves who, once emancipated, would take over their jobs.  Over the three days of the riot, over a hundred civilians were killed, at least eleven of which were black men who were lynched. With thousands injured, the draft riots of 1863 remain the largest civil insurrection in American history.

Happy Friday the Today in History - July, draft riots, protesting unfair conscription in the Civil War, began in New York City.

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