Draft Riots Vignettes

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Date:

August 8, 1863

Creator:

The New York Illustrated News

Rights:

New York Historical Society
These vignettes provide a vivid picture of mob mentality.
Mob leaders harangue the crowd--composed of a motley crew of men and women--inciting them to violence.
Violence erupts when the crowd captures a black man and drags him along the street with a noose around his neck.
Given the frenzy of the mob, police have a hard time restoring law and order and must themselves resort to violence.

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“Draft Riots Vignettes,” Black Gotham Archive, accessed June 22, 2018, https://archive.blackgothamarchive.org/items/show/84.