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The Canaan Mob and the Noyes Academy

In 1834 a group of New Hampshire abolitionists decided to establish a school for black students. At first, Noyes Academy seemed relatively uncontroversial. But that would soon change. Scheduled to open in March 1835, some 14 black students – boys ...

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Boston Gentlemen Riot for Slavery

A meeting of four dozen women and a British abolitionist inspired thousands who considered themselves gentlemen to riot and drag a magazine publisher through the streets of Boston. In 1835, 147 riots broke out in U.S. cities, with the most ...

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The Boston Draft Riot of 1863

On a summer day in the middle of the Civil War, immigrants furious about conscription notices delivered to their homes instigated the Boston draft riot. The Boston draft riot was overshadowed by the much worse anti-draft violence in New York City, ...

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