The draft riots are tearing the city apart as Daniel and Kathleen look for shelter. At first the riots targeted the draft and the $300 men, wealthy men who had paid money to avoid the draft. Soon however, the riot began targeting African Americans. Learn more about them in the video below from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The video contains illustrations from the day depicting lynchings and other violence.
Even though Mrs. Treadwell is a very wealthy woman, she finds herself unable to buy a train ticket. The clerk tells her that she needs her husband's permission to make a purchase with a check, suspecting that she might be fleeing an unhappy marriage. Even upper class women had few rights at the time, learn more about how society thought of women and how they fought for the rights of themselves and others in the video below.
The people in the streets are singing a song about an Irish rebellion in 1798 and another rebellion seems to be brewing in the streets of New York. If you're a bit confused about all these glimpses of Irish history and how they all fit together, watch this video that condenses hundreds of years of Irish history into just 6 minutes.
The maids talk about the draft and who can serve in the army. At the beginning of the Civil War, black men were not allowed to fight but before the end black regiments would serve with distinction. To learn more about their history, watch the video below.
Daniel chafes against the strict rules and expectations for women in that time. Of course, plenty of actual women at that time did as well. Many of them found ways to begin to change those expectations during the civil war by volunteering as nurses. Hundreds of women even disguised themselves as men so they could join the fight. Learn more in the video below.
We've seen newspaper clippings throughout the book, but this chapter shows just how important newspapers were. Families often heard news about their loved ones at the front from the newspaper. The video below talks about how newspapers changed in this era and how news media continues to evolve.