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Did the Emancipation Proclamation cause the 1863 draft riots?
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  1. Northern and Southern sentiments toward the Emancipation Proclamation were not entirely favorable. Whites worried that the influx of freed slaves into the work force would cost them their jobs. Although the Emancipation Proclamation might not have directly caused the draft riots, which broke out in New York in 1863 shortly after its issuance, historians consider the extensive violence directed at blacks during the riots to be a reaction to the Proclamation.

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