The New York City Draft Riots: Their Significance for American Society and Politics in the Age of the Civil War / Edition 1

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Overview


For five days in July 1863, at the height of the Civil War, New York City was under siege. Angry rioters burned draft offices, closed factories, destroyed railroad tracks and telegraph lines, and hunted policemen and soldiers. Before long, the rioters turned their murderous wrath against the black community. In the end, at least 105 people were killed, making the draft riots the most violent insurrection in American history.
In this vividly written book, Iver Bernstein tells the compelling story of the New York City draft riots. He details how what began as a demonstration against the first federal draft soon expanded into a sweeping assault against the local institutions and personnel of Abraham Lincoln's Republican Party as well as a grotesque race riot. Bernstein identifies participants, dynamics, causes and consequences, and demonstrates that the "winners" and "losers" of the July 1863 crisis were anything but clear, even after five regiments rushed north from Gettysburg restored order. In a tour de force of historical detection, Bernstein shows that to evaluate the significance of the riots we must enter the minds and experiences of a cast of characters--Irish and German immigrant workers, Wall Street businessmen who frantically debated whether to declare martial law, nervous politicians in Washington and at City Hall. Along the way, he offers new perspectives on a wide range of topics: Civil War society and politics, patterns of race, ethnic and class relations, the rise of organized labor, styles of leadership, philanthropy and reform, strains of individualism, and the rise of machine politics in Boss Tweed's Tammany regime.
An in-depth study of one of the most troubling and least understood crises in American history, The New York City Draft Riots is the first book to reveal the broader political and historical context--the complex of social, cultural and political relations--that made the bloody events of July 1863 possible.
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Editorial Reviews

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"An original work in the historiography of Civil War America and labor history, and also synthesizes much of the current historical research. It stimulates and provokes. Most important, it recaptures much of the world we have lost."--New York Times Book Review

"Especially appealing....When Bernstein crosses historical genres, it's an almost synesthetic pleasure....The New York City Draft Riots establishes a world as it was lived in. Its outline shows clearly against the backdrop of our own populist racism, in what is still the unreconstructed North."--Village Voice

"An outstanding piece of social, economic, and political history, suggesting the benefits of integrating new and older historiography, the book also illustrates a pitfall or two that historians may wish to keep in mind.....An excellent, revelatory book....His writing is clear and his immense research shines on every page."--Reviews in American History

"Detailed and sophisticated....An impressive book. Bernstein displays ingenuity in conceiving of the riots as something more than an abrupt, momentary episode, and he has dug deep to locate sources....Clearly the new interpretive authority."--Georgia Historical Quarterly

"Not since David Montgomery's Beyond Equality (1967) has the relationship between Civil War politics and the social history of the urban-industrial North been explored so successfully as in this study."--Journal of American History

New York Times Book Review
“An original work in the historiography of Civil War America and labor history, and also synthesizes much of the current historical research. It stimulates and provokes. Most important, it recaptures much of the world we have lost.”—New York Times Book Review
American Historical Review
“Bernstein has written not just a book about the New York City riots but a major analysis of the political and social structure of the mid-century metropolis in the midst of dynamic change as well. . . . This superb book will surely reshape the parameters of mid-century urban and social history.”—American Historical Review
Reviews in American History
“An outstanding piece of social, economic, and political history, suggesting the benefits of integrating new and older historiography. . . . An excellent, revelatory book. . . . [Bernstein’s] writing is clear and his immense research shines on every page.”—Reviews in American History
Village Voice
“When Bernstein crosses historical genres, it’s an almost synesthetic pleasure. . . . The New York City Draft Riots establishes a world as it was lived in. Its outline shows clearly against the backdrop of our own populist racism, in what is still the unreconstructed North.”—Village Voice
Journal of American History
“Not since David Montgomery’s Beyond Equality (1967) has the relationship between Civil War politics and the social history of the urban-industrial North been explored so successfully as in this study.”—Journal of American History
Georgia Historical Quarterly

“Detailed and sophisticated. . . . An impressive book. Bernstein displays ingenuity in conceiving of the riots as something more than an abrupt, momentary episode, and he has dug deep to locate sources. . . . Clearly the new interpretive authority.”—Georgia Historical Quarterly

Journal of America's Military Past - Russell K. Brown
"Bernstein has done a masterful job of researching and writing about complex events in New York over a period of three decades to describe the antecedents and consequences of the riots."—Russell K. Brown, Journal of America’s Military Past
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195071306
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.19 (w) x 6.13 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Iver Bernstein is Associate Professor of History at Washington University, St. Louis. He was awarded the George Washington Eggleston Prize by Yale University in 1985 for the doctoral dissertation that is the basis of this book.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations xii
Introduction 3
1 Draft Riots And The Social Order
1. A Multiplicity of Grievances 17
2. The Two Tempers of Draco 43
2 Origins Of The Crisis, 1850s And 1860s
3. Workers and Consolidation 75
4. Merchants Divided 125
5. Industrialists 162
3 Resolutions Of The Crisis, 1860s And 1870s
6. The Rise and Decline of Tweed's Tammany Hall 195
7. 1872 237
Epilogue: The Draft Riots' Lost Significance 259
Appendices and Maps 265
Notes 287
Bibliographical Essay 341
Index 349
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