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A Thrilling Narrative from the Lips of the Sufferers of the Late Detroit Riot, March 6, 1863, With the Hair Breadth Escapes of Men, Women and Children, and Destruction of Colored Men's Property, Not Less Than $15,000.
Detroit: The Author, 1863.


On March 6, 1863, a mob convened at a jail in Detroit, Michigan in response to an alleged crime committed by Thomas Faulkner on two young girls, one white and one black. Faulkner was light enough to have been a registered Democratic voter, but from the mob's point of view, he was a black man. The throng attacked black townspeople and destroyed, looted, and set fire to at least fifteen black homes and businesses. Following the riot, the author of the narrative notes that although the Legislature encouraged compensation for the victims, the City Council voted against providing aid. This work is a compilation of many accounts of the day's events, including several by the victims. There are also a commentary refuting the claim that blacks caused the Civil War, newspaper excerpts covering the events and their aftermath, and a poem about the riot.

Monique Prince

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