SYMHC Classics: How the New York Draft Riots Worked

Depiction of rioters and police during the New York City draft riots of 1863, originally from "Harper's Weekly." Public domain

We're revisiting an episode from 2011 featuring previous hosts Sarah and Deblina. To recruit troops for the U.S. Civil War, the Federal Congress passed the Union Conscription Act in 1863, which drafted able-bodied men between the ages of 20 and 45. Needless to say, this didn't go over well in New York.

You can find the original episode here:

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