There is a lot to be learned from analyzing the events of the New York City draft riots.
One thing that many people may not know about this event is that it was linked to an earlier conflict in America, the Civil War. It’s important to look at these connections and draw conclusions so we can learn more about history.
In this blog post, I will discuss how the civil war led up to the new york city draft riots and what both events teach us about American history.
In 1863, the Union drafted men to fight in the civil war. This was seen as a way of getting more soldiers for their side and diffusing trouble with opponents who had been threatening (or committing) attacks on northern cities.
Many people were opposed to this idea because they saw it as forced servitude or slavery. As tensions rose, there were riots that summer when some militia regiments came into town looking for draftees.
After President Lincoln’s assassination by John Wilkes Booth, his successor Andrew Johnson put an end to drafts The draft riots are important not only because so many people died during them but also due to what they tell us about America at that time period.