Wednesday, July 13

Gangs of New York Riots

On July 13, 1863 riots broke out in New York City. The rioters were protesting the draft of citizens into the Union Army to fight in the Civil War.  The riot lasted for four days and included the burning of the Colored Orphan Asylum, the children were evacuated before the fire was set, and the lynching of at least twelve African Americans.

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