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… Continue reading The New York draft riot of 1863

England

Cemetery riot sparked by allegations of bodies being sold

June 3, 1862 Sheffield, England A riot erupts after accusations claiming the Wardsend Cemetery had been selling corpses to medical schools The accusations were revealed to be false, though it was discovered those in care of the cemetery were reusing graves to save space. The accused were fined for the remains being disinterred as well… Continue reading Cemetery riot sparked by allegations of bodies being sold

Oklahoma · Racially Motivated

The ending of the Tulsa Race Riot

June 1, 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma The Tulsa Race Riot ends with the wealthiest black community in Tulsa being burned to the ground The riot began after an alleged assault of a black 19-year-old male shoeshiner on a white 17-year-old female elevator operator on May 30. A witness heard the girl scream and a black man… Continue reading The ending of the Tulsa Race Riot

New York

Riot erupts over choice of actors in play (1849)

May 10, 1849 Manhattan, New York A riot breaks out over which actor should play Macbeth at the Aster Opera House, leaving 25 dead Troubles began prior to the riot as audience members fiercely aligned themselves with one of two actors to play the titular role in Macbeth. William Charles Macready was a British actor… Continue reading Riot erupts over choice of actors in play (1849)