Coolies and Cane: Race, Labor, and Sugar in the Age of Emancipation

Coolies and Cane: Race, Labor, and Sugar in the Age of Emancipation

by Moon-Ho Jung
     
 

Winner, Merle Curti Award, Organization of American HistoriansWinner, History Book Award, Association for Asian American Studies

How did thousands of Chinese migrants end up working alongside African Americans in Louisiana after the Civil War? Tracing American ideas of Asian labor to the sugar plantations of the Caribbean, Moon-Ho Jung argues that the racial

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Winner, Merle Curti Award, Organization of American HistoriansWinner, History Book Award, Association for Asian American Studies

How did thousands of Chinese migrants end up working alongside African Americans in Louisiana after the Civil War? Tracing American ideas of Asian labor to the sugar plantations of the Caribbean, Moon-Ho Jung argues that the racial formation of "coolies" in American culture and law played a pivotal role in reconstructing concepts of race, nation, and citizenship in the United States.

"In this important and well-researched work, Moon-Ho Jung argues that Southern sugar planters looked to Asian 'coolies' to solve their labor problems after the Civil War."— American Historical Review

"Brilliant and beautifully written... Jung's slim volume makes it clear that coolieism was not a marginal issue. The debate over coolieism was bound up in the most pressing issues of the Civil War era, from the policing of the slave-trade ban to the redefinition of citizenship in the postwar South."— Journal of American History

"The heart, strength, and originality of this riveting narrative rests in Jung's discussion of the debates concerning Chinese coolies among diverse sectors of white Southerners... A model of the best of American history and, especially, studies of Asian American history and race and ethnicity."— Journal of American Ethnic History

"These larger questions about race and labor are relevant not only for understanding the age of emancipation but also for the current political climate of intensified debates on immigration and citizenship in the United States."— Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History

Moon-Ho Jung is an associate professor of history at the University of Washington.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801890826
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/03/2008
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

1Outlawing coolies11
2Envisioning freedoms39
3Demanding coolies73
4Domesticating labor107
5Redeeming white supremacy146
6Resisting coolies181

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