Conscription of German Soldiers for Service in America, c19th century. Artist: A Bobbell
Conscription of German Soldiers for Service in America, c19th century. The Hessians were 18th-century German auxiliaries contracted for military service by the British government. They took their name from the German region of Hesse. The British used the Hessians in several conflicts, including the American Revolutionary War and the Irish Rebellion of 1798.
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'Police Charge Rioters At The Tribune Office', c1860s. Artist: Unknown
'Police Charge Rioters At The Tribune Office', c1860s. In 1863, during the American Civil War, opponents of conscription rioted at the offices of the Daily Tribune in New York. A get-out clause in the draft legislation, known as the Rich Man's Exemption, caused anger among the poor of New York City, especially Irish immigrants. The Irish are caricatured here as having ape-like faces.
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