Riots Continue to Rock NYC

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  1. wpe3bql

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    "On this day (July 16) 'Draft Riots' entered their 4th day in NYC in response to the Enrollment Act, which was enacted on March 3, 1863.

    "Although avoiding military service became much more difficult, wealthier citizens could still pay a commutation fee of $300 to stay at home. Irritation with the draft dovetailed with opposition to the Emancipation Proclamation of Sept., 1862, which made abolition of slavery the central goal of the war for the Union.

    "Particularly vocal in their opposition were the Democratic Irish, who felt the war was being forced upon them by Protestant Republicans and feared that emancipation of slaves would jeopardize their jobs. Their fears were confirmed when black laborers replaced striking Irish dock workers the month before the riots.

    "Discontent simmered until the draft began among the Irish New Yorkers on July 11. Two days later, a mob burned the draft office, triggering nearly five days of violence. At first, the targets included local newspapers, wealthy homes, well-dressed men, & police officers, but the crowd's attention soon turned to African Americans. Several blacks were lynched, & businesses employing blacks were burned. A black orphanage was also burned, but the children escaped.

    "Not until July 17 was the violence contained by the arrival of Union troops, some fresh from the battlefield at Gettysburg, PA. More than 1,000 people died & property damaged topped $2 million. The draft was temporarily suspended, & a revised conscription began in August. As a result of the riots & delicate political balance in the city, relatively few New Yorkers were forced to serve in the Union army."

  2. Thousand Hills

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    In New York City? Seems to me that maybe, just maybe, mankind is just evil by nature and groups (apart from Christ) generally do whats in their best interest. Christ alone is the great equalizer, Christ alone brings peace, government can't do it.

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