The New York City Draft Riots of 1863: Deadliest riot in the history of America

New York, 1863

The enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation in January 1863 capped two years of increasing support for emancipation in New York City. Although Republicans attempted to keep abolitionists from taking a leading role in New York’s antislavery politics during the early years of the war, by 1862 abolitionist speakers drew huge audiences, black and white, in the city.

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