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The Devil’s Own Work: The New York City Draft Riots

April 7, 2021 , 6:00pm 7:00pm

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In the midst of the Civil War, as thousands of soldiers died, the United States enacted a draft to solve the shortage of manpower on the battlefields. In reaction, mobs took to the streets of New York City in July 1863. Mayhem, and a race riot, ensued. For four long days, the insurrectionists held control over parts of New York City, the largest such act in American history. Join Barnet Schecter, author of The Devil’s Own Work: The Civil War Draft Riots and the Fight to Reconstruct America, for a conversation with Green-Wood Historian Jeff Richman about this little-known, but tremendously important and impactful uprising, featuring some of the key participants who are interred at the Cemetery.

This conversation is part of our series of virtual programs about the history of Green-Wood and its permanent residents, Zooming in on History.

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