New York · Political · Racially Motivated

The New York draft riot of 1863

July 13, 1863
New York, New York
The New York draft riots begin

The draft riots were sparked by working class citizens outraged about unfair drafting procedures. At the time, a person could pay a fee of $300 (roughly $5,800 in 2018) to avoid being drafted into the military. Though the rioting began as a outburst against the draft, it quickly evolved into a race war with black citizens being targeted primarily by Irish immigrants. By the time the riots were quelled on July 16, approximately 120 were dead and 2,000 injured.

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