The Detroit Riot of March 6, 1863: Happenstance or Planned Rebellion
Semivan, Andrew J.
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Detroit has had its share of violence and civil disturbances in the twentieth century. Few native Detroiters over the age of eighteen have forgotten the fearful days of 1967. Many others can recall the riot of 1943. Some still talk about the great labor disputes of the 1930's. Yet, few Detroiters know that violence marked their city during the nineteenth century, particularly the violence which erupted during the Civil War. When the Civil War riots are mentioned it seems as if only New York has ever received the historian's full attention. Even after one hundred and thirteen years, the origins of the Riot of March 6, 1863, have never been comprehensively compiled. Most historians who have studied Detroit's Civil War disturbance have seen it in the special light of their particular historical problems and perspectives. My purpose, therefore, was to combine their findings and establish a complete account of the origins of the Riot of March 6, 1863.