Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Date of Degree


Document Type


Degree Name



Liberal Studies


Karen Miller

Subject Categories

Africana Studies | Other American Studies


Weekly Caucasian, New York City, Draft Riots of 1863, whiteness, print culture, J. H. Van Evrie


J. H. Van Evrie believed in the biological basis of white racial supremacy and Black inferiority beliefs which he spread in his publications throughout the 19th century. He generated support for Copperhead politicians, pro-slavery Northern Democrats, who would enact his racial policies, in his newspaper the Weekly Caucasian, published in New York City during the Civil War. He adapted the presentation of his racial theories to appeal to the economic concerns of among working-class white men and Irish immigrants by using allegories about the Civil War. The newspaper created a sense of white nationalism and racial solidarity with the Confederacy by locating blame for the war on white abolitionists, insisting that emancipation would upend capitalist systems and racial hierarchies, and arguing the United States was created to protect the interests of white men. An analysis of three of the newspaper’s columns published between 1862 and 1863 reveals the role of right-wing print culture in creating a racial identity and motivating the political participation of its readers. The impact of the Weekly Caucasian is evident in the symbolic violence of a mob protesting conscription into the Civil War in the New York City Draft Riots in July 1863.