Episode Detail: Order and Disorder (1825-1865) - New York: A Documentary Film
“Order and Disorder: 1825-1865” (Part 2 of seven) recalls a period of tremendous growth (New York was “one gigantic construction zone,” says writer John Steele Gordon) and ferment. Most of the new arrivals were Irish immigrants (100,000 by 1842---and that was before the potato famine), and the subsequent overcrowding led to the construction of Central Park (1857-58). But that didn't quell the ferment, which exploded in 1863 with the racially charged draft riots. “It was the largest incident of civil disorder in U.S. history,” notes historian Mike Wallace. “It was the devil's own work,” wrote Walt Whitman.
Episodes: New York: A Documentary Film (8)