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
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July 13, 1863: New York Draft Riots begin. When the Irish immigrants had registered for citizenship, they didn't realize that it would also make them eligible for the draft. In the beginning of the disturbance, rioters attacked symbols of the City. But by afternoon, they had decided that the real cause of their problems was the African-American population. Things got ugly.
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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 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.