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Past Programs
The Draft Riots, Part II
Edna Greene Medford, Carla L. Peterson, Barnet Schecter, Harold Holzer (moderator)
Thu, March 15th, 2012 | 7:30 pm
(Members $12)

Event details

In the summer of 1863, in the simmering cauldron of New York City, tensions over the new Union draft law boiled over into a vicious, bloody, racially-motivated riot, the second-largest civil insurrection in American history after the Civil War itself. Experts examine the causes of the conflict, its sickening violence and the enduring legacy it left on New York.

Speakers Bio(s)

Edna Greene Medford is Professor of History at Howard University and the editor of Historical Perspectives of the African Burial Ground Project: New York Blacks and the Diaspora. Carla L. Peterson is a professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland. Her latest book is Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City. Barnet Schecter is an historian and the author of several books, including The Devil’s Own Work: The Civil War Draft Riots and the Fight to Reconstruct America. Harold Holzer (moderator) is a winner of the National Humanities Medal and the author, coauthor or editor of 42 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era. His latest book is Emancipating Lincoln.


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