Closing the Gate: Race, Politics, and the Chinese Exclusion Act / Edition 1 by Andrew Gyory | 9780807866757 | NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
Closing the Gate: Race, Politics, and the Chinese Exclusion Act

Closing the Gate: Race, Politics, and the Chinese Exclusion Act

by Andrew Gyory
     
 

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The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which barred practically all
Chinese from American shores for ten years, was the first federal
law that banned a group of immigrants solely on the basis of race
or nationality. By changing America's traditional policy of open
immigration, this landmark legislation set a precedent for future
restrictions against

Overview

The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which barred practically all
Chinese from American shores for ten years, was the first federal
law that banned a group of immigrants solely on the basis of race
or nationality. By changing America's traditional policy of open
immigration, this landmark legislation set a precedent for future
restrictions against Asian immigrants in the early 1900s and
against Europeans in the 1920s.
Tracing the origins of the Chinese Exclusion Act, Andrew
Gyory presents a bold new interpretation of American politics
during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age. Rather than directly
confront such divisive problems as class conflict, economic
depression, and rising unemployment, he contends, politicians
sought a safe, nonideological solution to the nation's industrial
crisis--and latched onto Chinese exclusion. Ignoring workers'
demands for an end simply to imported contract labor, they
claimed instead that working people would be better off if there
were no Chinese immigrants. By playing the race card, Gyory
argues, national politicians--not California, not organized
labor, and not a general racist atmosphere--provided the motive
force behind the era's most racist legislation.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The most detailed account available of Chinese exclusion as a national issue.

Journal of Interdisciplinary History

A fine book, well argued, well documented, and well written.

Pacific Northwest Quarterly

Gyory manages to provide an informative new study by combining extensive research with engaging prose.

Choice

One of the most noteworthy contributions in U.S. political history in years.

Leon Fink, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Gyory's work is the first fresh, original interpretation of the origins of Chinese exclusion in quite some time.

Lucy E. Salyer, University of New Hampshire

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807866757
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
11/09/2000
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
4 MB

What People are saying about this

Lucy E. Salyer
The first fresh, original interpretation of the origins of Chinese exclusion in quite some time. It is an exciting study because [Gyory] challenges the standard interpretations which have stood for years and become incorporated into the 'textbook' versions of American history.
From the Publisher
Gyory's work is the first fresh, original interpretation of the origins of Chinese exclusion in quite some time. It is an exciting study because he challenges the standard interpretations which have stood for years and become incorporated into the 'textbook' versions of American history.—Lucy E. Salyer, University of New Hampshire

Gyory manages to provide an informative new study by combining extensive research with engaging prose. . . . An excellent work. Certain to become the standard account of America's initial Chinese exclusion, it is highly recommended for all academic and larger public libraries.—Choice

A fine book, well argued, well documented, and well written. It raises important issues of democratic politics. Like a tragic drama, it offers examples of human courage and character in a losing battle to the craven drive for power by a few consummate manipulators of public prejudice. Read and be warned.—Pacific Northwest Quarterly

One of the most noteworthy contributions in U.S. political history in years. Gyory rescues our understanding of the tragedy of Chinese exclusion (and by extension other American racial practices) from the glib generalities reliant on a resort to 'racist culture' in favor of a painstaking—if painful—account of specific political agency.—Leon Fink, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The most detailed account available of Chinese exclusion as a national issue.—Journal of Interdisciplinary History

Meet the Author

Andrew Gyory holds a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Massachusetts. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey.

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