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NEW YORK: DRAFT RIOTS 1863. First Avenue under siege during the New York City Draft Riots of 13-16 July 1863: engraving from a contemporary newspaper account

NEW YORK: DRAFT RIOTS 1863. First Avenue under siege during the New York City Draft Riots of 13-16 July 1863: engraving from a contemporary newspaper account


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NEW YORK: DRAFT RIOTS 1863. First Avenue under siege during the New York City Draft Riots of 13-16 July 1863: engraving from a contemporary newspaper account

NEW YORK: DRAFT RIOTS 1863.
First Avenue under siege during the New York City Draft Riots of 13-16 July 1863: engraving from a contemporary newspaper account

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1863 Attack Chaos Danger Dead Draft Draft Riot Gunfight Protester Rampart Rifle Riot Shoot Siege Smoke Violence


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This print captures the intense chaos and violence that engulfed First Avenue during the New York City Draft Riots of 1863. The engraving, taken from a contemporary newspaper account, vividly portrays the harrowing scene as the city becomes a battleground. In this historical moment, we witness an American city under siege by its own citizens. The streets are filled with protesters armed with rifles, creating an atmosphere of danger and fear. Smoke billows in the air, symbolizing the unrest and destruction that ensued during these tumultuous days. The architecture of New York City serves as a backdrop to this grim tableau - buildings standing tall amidst the turmoil but also bearing witness to unimaginable horrors. The image showcases both the resilience and vulnerability of a nation torn apart by civil war. As we delve into this engraving, it is impossible not to be moved by the sheer magnitude of human suffering depicted here. Lives lost lie scattered across the street while gunfights rage on between mobs and authorities desperately trying to restore order. This print serves as a poignant reminder of our history - one marked by division, violence, and protest against injustice. It urges us to reflect upon how far we have come since those dark days while acknowledging that there is still work to be done in ensuring equality for all.

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