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Crime History: New York draft riots result in dozens dead

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On this day, June 13, in 1863, opponents of conscription began the New York draft riots, regarded as one of most violent civil disorder events in U.S. history. The rioters were largely poor, working-class Irish immigrants who were angry about being drafted to Þght in the Civil War while wealthier men were allowed to pay $300 to avoid serving in the war against the Confederate South. Hours after...

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