I posted a comment in the Books forum regarding a historical novel that I just completed. It is "Paradise Alley" by Kevin Baker and deals with the Civil War draft riots of 1963. This book still haunts me and only once before has this man been brought to tears by a book. It is a part of American History that I didn't know existed and a very ugly chapter in our past.
I thought those from NY might be particulary interested in the subject if you are not familiar with it. For those interested, I have placed a couple of links below that deal with the issue. For those who have the time, I would highly recommend the book. Every event of the riots related in the book have come from historical or eye-witness accounts including the lynching of poor Abraham Franklin, the burning of the Colored Orphan's Asylum, the account of the animalistic murder of Colonel O'Brien down to the store owner and yound lady that tried to intervene only to feel the wrath of the mob themselves. Main characters such a Maddy, the prostitute, and Ruth, married to a black man, are based on real people and much of what is related regarding them is based on true events.
And there are many more interesting links to this event but I don't want to bore you with the list. It is an astonishing book and a painful part of our history.
That's 1863 not 1963. Thanks Vikan for pointing out the typo.