Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Riot by Walter Dean Myers
In 1863 the worst race riots in United States history took place in New York City. The Civil War was raging and President Lincoln had just called for a draft to build the army. Draftees who had the money could pay $300 to get out of service but poor Irish immigrants in the city were barely surviving and didn't have the money to pay for the waiver. They began to riot, sweeping through town and beating blacks and rich people. This book tells the story of Claire who is half Irish, half black and finds herself torn between the two sides.