(1863)

The Draft Riots Started Here

Manhattan: Turtle Bay/
Third Avenue and 47th St.

The most violent riot in American history started here on July 13, 1863, in front of a military conscription office. It was here that poor and working class New Yorkers protested a new law that would allow men to avoid the Civil War draft by paying a $300 fee. Over the riot's three days symbols of wealth and power were attacked, such as police stations, arsenals, homes of the wealthy, and the Brooks Brothers shop. Eventually the mob targeted black people and institutions. About 125 people were killed in the Draft Riots, two weeks after the battle at Gettysburg.

Posted July 13, 2013 by gstavrou

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