July 13, 2017

Today in History: The Race Riot of the Republic (1863)

John RobsonArchive

July 13 is the anniversary of the biggest outbreak of civil and racial unrest in American history, in Manhattan, in 1863, over conscription.

The rioters had some legitimate complaints against how the draft was implemented, or even that it was, but rapidly turned to violently anti-black (and to a lesser extent anti-Protestant) actions including burning a black orphanage to the ground and lynching 11 blacks.

It’s a somber reminder that even when an undertaking is worthy, as the fight to save the Union and free the slaves was, dark motives lurk in human hearts.

To say so is not to counsel despair over history, to abandon belief in heroes and noble causes. But it is to counsel humility in our own day about how we pursue even the goals we’re most sure we’re right about.

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commented 2017-07-13 16:31:22 -0400
As always, very interesting piece of history, thanks John.
Incidently, today also falls the date of the ‘massacre of bibighar’ at Cawnpore in 1857, when over 200 british women & children were massacred & their bodies thrown down the well. The massacre was carried on by local mohammedan butchers on orders by a local prince (Nana Sahib), then receiving pension fromBritish govt. His prime minister, a mohammedan, azimullah khan by name, advised him to get rid of every white woman & child in his captivity. Azimullah khan was an orphan he was raised in a catholic orphanage & when he went to England the aristocrat society of the day gave him a very warm reception, especially some women who later proudly talk about their intimate relation with an exotic mohammedan from the east. Azimullah’s real purpose of visit to europe was to ask ottoman empire to attack india & defeat British, he was partially successful for some 10000 jihadis from arab participatef in the war of 1857 against British/East Indian Army. Another person who was directly responsible for this massacre was his sex slave, hussaina begum, a devout muslima.
Moral of the story Never trust a mohammedan & when it comes to a fight hindus will support mohammedans as they consider white race as their common enemy.
commented 2017-07-13 12:52:53 -0400
It hasn’t changed. The rich still send the poors to wars. There is one thing missing though in the presentation that is important. The Irish were very poor to start with.
commented 2017-07-13 10:26:40 -0400
A new historical fact learned today. Thanks Prof. Robson. Also, a worthwhile thesis to conclude with.