Guide to the Eyewitness account of the Snow Riot, August 1835

Eyewitness account of the Snow Riot C0291


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Descriptive Summary

Repository George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Creator George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections Research Center.
Title Eyewitness account of the Snow Riot
Date August 1835
Physical Characteristics 0.1 linear feet (one letter)
Abstract 1835 letter describing the Snow Riot in Washington, D.C.
Collection Number C0291
Language English

Historical note

According to a 2005 Washington Post article by Jefferson Morley, the Snow Riot of August 1835 began with a young African-American slave named Arthur Bowen drunkenly carrying an axe into his mistress's bedroom. The incident inflamed white sentiments, particularly among Irish laborers who already resented competition from African-Americans for manual jobs. The laborers formed a mob, attempted to lynch Bowen, and attacked African-American businesses and institutions, including a restauraunt owned by Beverly Snow, by whose name the riot became known.

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Scope and Content

Letter, probably from Mary Elizabeth Fendall (according to dealer information accompanying the letter), to a woman named Else. The letter describes the 1835 Snow Riot, a racially motivated riot in Washington DC in which young white men attacked and destroyed property belonging to Beverly Snow and other African-Americans in the city.

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Arrangement

Letter is boxed by itself.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions on personal use. Permission to publish material from the Eyewitness account of the Snow Riot must be obtained from Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

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Index Terms

Subjects:

Race riots--Washington (D.C.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Eyewitness account of the Snow Riot, #C0291, Special Collections Research Center, George Mason University Libraries.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by Special Collections Research Center circa 2005.

Processing Information

Processing completed by Elizabeth Beckman in June 2016. EAD markup completed by Elizabeth Beckman in June 2016.

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Bibliography

Morely, Jefferson, 'The Snow Riot.' Washington Post, February 6, 2005.

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