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October 14: Emma Lazarus on Ward’s Island

Emma Lazarus was on Ward’s Island as a volunteer with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) on this date in 1882 when rioting broke out among Jewish immigrants, who were flooding New York from Russia at the rate of about 2,000 per month because of the outbreak of pogroms throughout Russia after the assassination of […]

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June 2: Lord George Gordon and the Gordon Riots

The Gordon Riots, also known as the Great Proletarian Gin Festival, broke out in London on this date in 1780 when Lord George Gordon, a fanatical anti-Catholic, led over 50,000 people to the House of Commons with a petition for the repeal of the Catholic Relief Act of 1778. Within a few days the protest […]

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