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On July 11th eighteen sixty-three America began the first nationwide military draft in order to fill the washed-out ranks of the Union Army While many people in the country opposed the draft it ran smooth rebellion free in nearly every city all except New York The people of New York in particularly Irish immigrants felt the Conscription Act of 1863 was unconstitutional and that a revolt was indeed necessary The Conscription Act included a clause allowing a person to pay 300 to avoid service This sum about half the annual wage of working-class Americans was beyond the means of most people Workers resented the fact that wealthy people could buy their way out of the military while poor and middle-class people could not The chance of a citizen finding a replacement was nearly impossible therefore the only people who could get out of joining the Army were the rich As a result of the draft the slogan that the Civil War was a rich mans war but a poor mans fight became true causing many draft riots to break out Parton pgs44-45 For the next week angry and armed mobs interrupted the first ever federal draft because they considered it was unjust Many Irish immigrants entered into America and within a half hour were instated into the Union Army They had come to America to seek a new aspiring life but were given nothing but a gun and helmet and told to go fight This was clearly not fair for this was not their battle to fight The Civil War which was arguably started due to the conflicting views of the wealthy Northern and Southern Americans now turned into a poor immigrants fight These people were being forced into the war and had no way of getting out because they were poor and quite nave about the whole situation These immigrants along with other poor citizens felt that they were being abused because they
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