The New York Draft Riots Of 1863

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The New York Draft Riots of 1863 was a gruesome manslaughter that lasted for 5 days and there were none-stop destruction. Rioters took over and burned government buildings and buildings where the drafts were taken place. The Draft Riots lasted until July 11-16 in 1863. The draft riots can also be known as draft week. During this time only men from the ages twenty to forty-five were able to fight in the war. The only people that were able to avoid this law were the rich because they had to pay three hundred dollars to not get drafted and have their name completely out of the picture. People who worked and had kids also had to participate in this law. The men drafted changed from 26,000 men to 12,000 men. 10,000 men were stationed in NYC because the draft was rescheduled to a different day to stop a possible repeat. The origin of the New York Draft Riots was wartime, inflation, black competition for jobs, and racism among working people was the conflict of this. During this time the economy was tied with the south, which also could have been a factor of the Draft Riots origin. African American people were not affected by the draft riot because they were not considered citizens. In 1862 abolitionists had protested to slavery. The draft law was established at 10 o’clock. Even though the rioters thought what they were was right this had a negative charge on the government and the society. The rioters showed no mercy to the police/resistance, government, and African

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