In July 1863, several months after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation and signed the nation's first federal draft law, New York City was nearly destroyed in a four-day cataclysm of arson, looting, and lynching. Join historian Barnet Schecter for an in-depth look at the festering racial and class conflicts that produced the deadliest riots in American history. The tour includes South Street Seaport, two Irish Catholic churches, the site of the infamous Five Points slum, the African Burial Ground, Tweed Courthouse, and the former New York Times Building, across from City Hall. Walking Tours are limited to 35 guests per tour. Please buy tickets in advance. Barnet Schecter is the author of The Devil's Own Work: The Civil War Draft Riots and the Fight to Reconstruct America, and most recently, George Washington's America: A Biography Through His Maps.