‘Oh! my soul—what a sight presented itself!': A Witness to the July 1863 New York Draft Riots 

By Jonathan W. White

In her day, Elizabeth Oakes Smith was a national figure. Born in Maine in 1806, she and her family moved to New York City in the late 1830s, where she joined literary circles and emerged as a prominent feminist essayist, lecturer, and poet. By the 1850s, she w

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