Presented Saturday, Sept. 26 from 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. and
Sunday, Sept. 27 from 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. in Frazier Hall
August 6, 1855 – Due to anti-immigrant sentiment, Louisville saw one of the darkest days in its history and the repercussions can still be felt today. We will examine the Election Day riots of 1855 and their far-reaching effects. Although the official death toll was listed as 22, some estimates place the number much higher, and while there is no monetary estimate for the amount of damage to homes and businesses caused in the riots, we will look at the detrimental effects on a vibrant immigrant population that failed to recover until years after the U.S. Civil War.
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