Chinese Immigrants, African Americans, and Racial Anxiety in the United States, 1848-82 / Edition 1

Chinese Immigrants, African Americans, and Racial Anxiety in the United States, 1848-82 / Edition 1

by Najia Aarim
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252073517

ISBN-13: 9780252073519

Pub. Date: 02/06/2006

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

"This book explores the striking similarities in the ways the Chinese and African American populations in the United States were disenfranchised during the mid-1800s. Najia Aarim-Heriot reveals that both groups were prevented from becoming members of the American political and social community by means of nearly identical negative stereotypes, shrill rhetoric, and…  See more details below

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"This book explores the striking similarities in the ways the Chinese and African American populations in the United States were disenfranchised during the mid-1800s. Najia Aarim-Heriot reveals that both groups were prevented from becoming members of the American political and social community by means of nearly identical negative stereotypes, shrill rhetoric, and crippling exclusionary laws." "The first detailed examination of the link between the "Chinese question" and the "Negro problem" in nineteenth-century America, this work forcefully and convincingly demonstrates that the anti-Chinese sentiment that led up to the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 is inseparable from the racial double standards applied by mainstream white society to white and non-white groups during the same period." Najia Aarim-Heriot argues that previous studies on American Sinophobia have overemphasized the resentment labor organizations felt toward incoming Chinese workers. This focus has caused crucial elements of the discussion to be overlooked, especially the broader ways in which the growing nation sought to define and unify itself through the exclusion and oppression of nonwhite peoples.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252073519
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
02/06/2006
Series:
Asian American Experience
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Racial Nativism in America until 185015
2The Beginning of the Negroization of the Chinese in California, 1850-5330
3"The Copper of the Pacific" and "The Ebony of the Atlantic": Race Relations, 1854-6043
4Race Relations in the Civil War Era63
5Congressional Reconstruction and the Race Questions, 1865-6984
6Americans and the Chinese Question, 1865-69103
7Chinese Labor in the South and New England, 1865-70119
8Chinese Immigrants, African Americans, and the Retreat from Reconstruction, 1870-74140
9Race Relations in California, 1870-74156
10Intensification of the Anti-Chinese Movement, 1874-80172
11The Politics of Racism in the Chinese Exclusion Debates, 1879-82196
Conclusion215
Notes229
Bibliography261
Index277

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