The Armies Of The Streets. The New York City Draft Riots of 1863.


From the dust jacket: “In July 1863 New York City experienced widespread rioting unparalleled in the history of the nation. Here for the first time is a scholarly analysis of the Draft Riots, dealing with motives and with the reasons for the recurring civil disorders in nineteenth-century New York…”

The Draft Riots initially began as an expression of anger by working-class men, mostly Irish or Irish-American, who resented the substitute system for wealthier men to avoid the draft. It quickly turned into a race riot where African Americans across the city were indiscriminately murdered; the white working class men fearing they would lose their jobs to the free blacks of New York City.


Description: The Armies Of The Streets. The New York City Draft Riots of 1863.

Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, (1974). 323pp. Publisher’s brown cloth, in dust jacket. Text edges with foxing, else very good. in a like jacket.

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Price: $25.00