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New York Draft Riots of 1863
Vehemently opposed to the New York army draft, working-class men riot in New York City and attack any draft supporters, wealthy individuals, and blacks to express their anger. A voiceover of a journalist describes the numerous incidences of violence.
Crowds gather and fire brigades compete in a crowded New York City neighborhood. This is an accurate representation of how fire brigades operated in New York City at the time due to there not being a legally recognized fire department.