Friday June 13, Barnet Schecter will present his lecture “Emancipation and Its Enemies: The Legacy of the Draft Riots after 1863” in the Marist Student Center’s Nelly Goletti Theatre at 7:00.
Barnet Schecter, an independent historian, is the author of George Washington’s America: A Biography Through His Maps, The Devil’s Own Work: The Civil War Draft Riots and the Fight to Reconstruct America and The Battle for New York: The City at the Heart of the American Revolution. A contributing editor of the three-volume Encyclopedia of the American Revolution and Landmarks of the American Revolution, he is also a contributor to the Encyclopedia of New York City, as well as other books on the Revolution and Civil War, including Lincoln and New York, and most recently 1863: Lincoln’s Pivotal Year. In addition to lecturing and leading tours, he has appeared in a variety of television documentaries.
Praise for The Devil’s Own Work: The Civil War Draft Riots and the Fight to Reconstruct America:
From Publishers Weekly
The 1863 draft riots in New York City, the bloodiest in the nation’s history, emerge as a microcosm of the convoluted and contradictory politics of the Civil War era in this absorbing study. Historian Schecter (The Battle for New York: The City at the Heart of the American Revolution) pens with a gripping account of the five days of rioting. But he also probes beneath the turmoil to examine the ethnic, religious and class conflicts that made the confrontation so explosive. The rioters, largely working-class Irish Catholics, vented their fury at a draft law that exempted those who could pay $300, at the city’s WASP Republican business elite and, inflamed by racist demagoguery, at African-Americans with whom they competed for low-wage jobs and status in America’s racial hierarchy.Schecter contends that these dynamics played out nationally in the gradual demise of Reconstruction, thus setting the stage for racial and labor conflict in the century to come. Copiously researched and highlighted with a wealth of period commentary, his lucid narrative colorfully recreates a historical watershed and offers a rich exploration of the Civil War’s unfinished business. 40 b&w photos, maps, not seen by PW. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.