At America's Gates: Chinese Immigration during the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943 / Edition 1

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Overview

With the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Chinese laborers became the first group in American history to be excluded from the United States on the basis of their race and class. Lee explores how Chinese exclusion laws not only transformed Chinese American lives, immigration patterns, identities, and families but also recast the United States into a "gatekeeping nation."

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Makes a very significant contribution to both Asian American history and to U.S. immigration history. The amount of research that went into this book is prodigious. (Sucheng Chan, University of California, Santa Barbara)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807854488
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 5/19/2003
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,316,568
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Erika Lee is associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Closing the Gates 19
Ch. 1 The Chinese Are Coming. How Can We Stop Them? Chinese Exclusion and the Origins of American Gatekeeping 23
Ch. 2 The Keepers of the Gate: U.S. Immigration Officials and Chinese Exclusion 47
Pt. II At America's Gates 75
Ch. 3 Exclusion Acts: Race, Class, Gender, and Citizenship in the Enforcement of the Exclusion Laws 77
Ch. 4 One Hundred Kinds of Oppressive Laws: The Chinese Response to American Exclusion 111
Pt. III Cracks in the Gate 147
Ch. 5 Enforcing the Borders: Chinese Exclusion along the U.S.-Canadian and U.S.-Mexican Borders 151
Ch. 6 The Crooked Path: Chinese Illegal Immigration and Its Consequences 189
Pt. IV The Consequences and Legacies of Exclusion 221
Ch. 7 In the Shadow of Exclusion: The Impact of Exclusion on the Chinese in America 223
Epilogue: Echoes of Exclusion in the Late Twentieth Century 245
Afterword: Following September 11, 2001 253
Notes 257
Bibliography 295
Acknowledgments 311
Index 315
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