- Hardcover: 376 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Edition edition (January 4, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195050061
- ISBN-13: 978-0195050066
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The New York City Draft Riots: Their Significance for American Society and Politics in the Age of the Civil War First Edition Edition
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"An original work in the historiography of Civil War America and labor history, and also synthesizes much of the current historical research. It stimulates and provokes. Most important, it recaptures much of the world we have lost."--New York Times Book Review
"Especially appealing....When Bernstein crosses historical genres, it's an almost synesthetic pleasure....The New York City Draft Riots establishes a world as it was lived in. Its outline shows clearly against the backdrop of our own populist racism, in what is still the unreconstructed North."--Village Voice
"An outstanding piece of social, economic, and political history, suggesting the benefits of integrating new and older historiography, the book also illustrates a pitfall or two that historians may wish to keep in mind.....An excellent, revelatory book....His writing is clear and his immense research shines on every page."--Reviews in American History
"Detailed and sophisticated....An impressive book. Bernstein displays ingenuity in conceiving of the riots as something more than an abrupt, momentary episode, and he has dug deep to locate sources....Clearly the new interpretive authority."--Georgia Historical Quarterly
"Not since David Montgomery's Beyond Equality (1967) has the relationship between Civil War politics and the social history of the urban-industrial North been explored so successfully as in this study."--Journal of American History
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About the Author
About the author:
Iver Bernstein is Assistant Professor of History at Washington University, St. Louis. He was awarded the George Washington Eggleston Prize by Yale University in 1985 for the doctoral dissertation that is the basis of this book.
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However, and as the other reviewer mentions, the book suffers--really suffers--from a good deal of repetition and a haphazard presentation of statistics and other data. Not that the stats don't belong--they absolutely do--I just wish they had been more smoothly incorporated. This is why the title to this review asks where Mr. Bernstein's editor was. Any decent editor could have made this a more engaging text. It could and should maintain its scholarly style, but it doesn't have to be as dry, distant and self-referring as it is now.
My only other critique: Similar riots exploded in Brooklyn during those same days, but little mention is made of that. The reasons for those riots weren't exactly the same. A comparison of the two uprisings would have been interesting. Still, this is a well-researched book but it should only be read for research purposes.
Rocco Dormarunno, author of The Five Points