AIN'T GOIN' TO GLORY by David Delman


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 A journalist, a policeman, and a doctor witness the violence and racial hatred that boiled up in N.Y.C. as a result of America's first draft during the Civil War. Delman (The Last Gambit, p. 214, etc.) based this story on actual events. In 1863, the Federal forces were losing the war with the Confederate rebels, and New York's Irish immigrants were losing some of their jobs to an influx of newly emancipated black southerners. Stephen Jardine, Horace Greeley's editorial right hand at the Tribune, Police Chief Inspector John Brautigan, and Dr. Peter Mackenzie, a major recuperating from injuries sustained in heroic action, are in the thick of the various street battles that together constitute a serious riot. The city's poor Irish are being egged on by Tammany Hall, as well as by southern sympathizers, to rebel against the draft and to run the freed slaves out of the city. Greeley's Tribune rails against the Tammany organization and becomes a target of the growing mob in the streets. Inspector Brautigan, whose own rebellious son has allied himself with Tammany, has to organize the defense of the local draft organization and is nearly killed for his efforts. Romantic, heavy- drinking Dr. Mackenzie, in love with Jardine's wife, helps defend her black orphanage against a murderous crowd. Rough and discouraging--since not enough has changed since then--but well done and likely to please anyone whose interest in the Civil War was piqued by the recent PBS series.

Pub Date: Sept. 16th, 1991
ISBN: 0-312-06272-9
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1991