Laws Harsh As Tigers: Chinese Immigrants and the Shaping of Modern Immigration Law [NOOK Book]

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Focusing primarily on the exclusion of the Chinese, Lucy Salyer analyzes the popular and legal debates surrounding immigration law and its enforcement during the height of nativist sentiment in the early twentieth century. She argues that the struggles between Chinese immigrants, U.S. government officials, and the lower federal courts that took place around the turn of the century established fundamental principles that continue to dominate immigration law today and make it unique among branches of American law. ...
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Laws Harsh As Tigers: Chinese Immigrants and the Shaping of Modern Immigration Law

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Overview

Focusing primarily on the exclusion of the Chinese, Lucy Salyer analyzes the popular and legal debates surrounding immigration law and its enforcement during the height of nativist sentiment in the early twentieth century. She argues that the struggles between Chinese immigrants, U.S. government officials, and the lower federal courts that took place around the turn of the century established fundamental principles that continue to dominate immigration law today and make it unique among branches of American law. By establishing the centrality of the Chinese to immigration policy, Salyer also integrates the history of Asian immigrants on the West Coast with that of European immigrants in the East.

Salyer demonstrates that Chinese immigrants and Chinese Americans mounted sophisticated and often-successful legal challenges to the enforcement of exclusionary immigration policies. Ironically, their persistent litigation contributed to the development of legal doctrines that gave the Bureau of Immigration increasing power to counteract resistance. Indeed, by 1924, immigration law had begun to diverge from constitutional norms, and the Bureau of Immigration had emerged as an exceptionally powerful organization, free from many of the constraints imposed upon other government agencies.
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Editorial Reviews

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Brilliant, well-researched and well-written.

Law and History Review

Contributes a critical and vitalizing measure of complexity to a dimension of immigration history.

American Journal of Legal History

An elegantly written, well conceived book that makes an important contribution to the field.

Pacific Historical Review

"This excellent book . . . represents some of the finest recent scholarship in the history of American law.

American Historical Review

This is an important study.

Western Historical Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807864319
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 11/20/1995
  • Series: Studies in Legal History
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Lucy E. Salyer is associate professor of history at the University of New Hampshire.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 From Counting to Sifting Immigrants 1
Ch. 2 Contesting Exclusion: The Chinese and the Administrators 37
Ch. 3 Captives of Law: Judicial Enforcement of the Chinese Exclusion Laws 69
Ch. 4 The Eclipse of Judicial Justice 94
Ch. 5 Drawing the Sieve Tighter: The Rise of Nativism and Administrative Power 121
Ch. 6 Bureaucratic Tyranny: The Bureau of Immigration and Its Critics 139
Ch. 7 A Fair though Summary Hearing: The Shaping of Administrative Due Process 179
Ch. 8 Its Own Keeper: Procedural Reform in the Bureau of Immigration 217
Epilogue: Immigration Law in American Legal Culture 245
Appendix: Methodology 253
Notes 255
Bibliography 309
Index 325
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