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.

NEW YORK CITY "DRAFT" RIOTS, known at the time as "Draft Week" were violent disturbances in New York City that were the culmination of working-class discontent with new laws passed by Congress that year to draft men for the ongoing Civil War. The riots remain the largest civil insurrection in American history, aside from the Civil War itself.  -- July 13-16, 1863

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

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 9 pages.  Students are invited to solve a mystery, using historical clues, about the real story of the Draft Riots.  Just one of many sources and activities on this site.

New York Draft Riots Battle with Soldiers Avenue somewhere between and Street. New York, NY, USA, 1863

The New York City Draft Riots of 1863

The New York City Draft Riots of 1863

Civil War Webquest: New York City Draft RiotsStudents will gain knowledge about…

Civil War Webquest: New York City Draft Riots (Great Website)

Civil War Webquest: New York City Draft Riots Students will gain knowledge about the New York City Draft Riots by completing an internet-based worksheet. The New York City Draft Riots Webquest uses an amazing website created by the University of New York.

10 Worst Race Riots in American History - The New York City Draft Riots (1863): This riot was undertaken almost entirely by the Irish immigrant population in retaliation for the Union’s institution of the draft following Gettysburg.

10 Worst Race Riots in American History

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

The New York Draft Riots

19th Century People and Events That Made New York America's Great City

The lesson explores the cause of the NYC Draft Riots during the Civil War. These riots seem easy to understand on the surface; however, this lesson helps students to understand the complicated causes that led to the riots breaking out.   Key Words: The Draft Riots, Civil War, Irish Americans, New York City, NYC

New York City Draft Riots Civil War Primary Source Analysis Cooperative Learning

The lesson explores the cause of the NYC Draft Riots during the Civil War. These riots seem easy to understand on the surface; however, this lesson helps students to understand the complicated causes that led to the riots breaking out. Key Words: The Draft Riots, Civil War, Irish Americans, New York City, NYC

After the riots, when the Colored Orphan Asylum attempted to rebuild...neighboring property owners asked them to leave. The orphanage relocated to 51st Street for four years before moving into a new residence at 143rd Street between Amsterdam and Broadway...in what would be...Harlem.

Card memorializing the Colored Orphan Asylum. © Collection of the New-York Historical Society

From a sketchbook filled with scenes of daily life, the New-York Historical Society has digitized 13 sketches of the Draft Riots of July 13-16, 1863.

From a sketchbook filled with scenes of daily life, the New-York Historical Society has digitized 13 sketches of the Draft Riots of July

4 Days! 8-page NY Times 1863 Draft Riots and Civil War coverage:July 14-17 - 1417, 1863, 8page, Civil, coverageJuly, DAYS, DRAFT, Riots, times

4 Days! 8-page NY Times 1863 Draft Riots and Civil War coverage:July 14-17 - 1417, 1863, 8page, Civil, coverageJuly, DAYS, DRAFT, Riots, times

Four Days of Fire: The New York City Draft Riots - History in the Headlines -- Whites don't riot, loot, burn, and murder?

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

NYC draft riots of 1863. Irish killing Negroes.

NYC draft riots of 1863. Irish killing Negroes.

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