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Draft Riots

The Many Civil War Draft Riots: Violence From 150 Years Ago, in New York and Beyond

Greg Young | Posted 09.10.2013 | New York
Greg Young

The Civil War Draft Riots set the city aflame for an entire week, starting on July 13, 1863. The weariness of a lingering war, paired with pro-South sentiments held by some New Yorkers, ignited a conflict over a military draft that sentenced working class men -- many newly arrived immigrants -- to a grisly fate.

Lincoln and New York at the New York Historical Society

Thane Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Thane Rosenbaum

Illinois is the Land of Lincoln, but Manhattan may ultimately have been more important in creating the legend of Lincoln. It was on this island where Lincoln's presidency was truly launched.