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Program on the 1863 Civil War Draft Riots in NY

September 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

A drawing from The Illustrated London News showing armed rioters clashing with Union Army soldiers in New York City.

During the Civil War, the Union Army reached a crisis point and required more troops to fight for the nation, leading to federally legislated conscription. As enrollment began, an arrest was made by an enrollment officer – the final straw leading to a multi-day riot against the draft in New York City. This online event will look back to the 1863 draft riots and their impact on New York’s courts, and look to similar issues in a discussion about the attack on the Capitol in 2021.

Panel of Speakers:

Prof. Troy A. McKenzie, Professor of Law, NYU School of Law, Moderator
Prof. Iver Bernstein, Professor of History, African and African American Studies, and American Cultural Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

More Panelists to Be Announced Soon!


September 29
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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