The Armies of the Streets

The Armies of the Streets

The New York City Draft Riots of 1863

by Adrian Cook

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

336 pages, 6.00 x 9.25 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780813151823
  • Published: July 2014



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In July 1863 New York City experienced widespread rioting unparalleled in the history of the nation. Here for the first time is a scholarly analysis of the Draft Riots, dealing with motives and with the reasons for the recurring civil disorders in nineteenth-century New York: the appalling living conditions, the corruption of the civic government, and the geographical and economic factors that led up to the social upheaval.