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Playing the Race Card — In the Civil War

The Birth of “Miscegenation” and Fake News
A few months after the bloody anti-draft riots in Manhattan in 1863, the New York World fanned already combustible racial fears smoldering in the city with its “news” of a “bawdy interracial ball.” It was part of the paper’s coverage in a run-up to the 1864 presidential campaign.
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