The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

by John Soennichsen


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This in-depth examination of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 provides a chronological review of the events, ordinances, and pervasive attitudes that preceded, coincided with, and followed its enactment.

• Provides excerpts from nearly two dozen original documents, including legislation, letters, essays, and other materials related to the sanctioning of discrimination against the Chinese in the United States

• Presents a chronology of significant actions and events that preceded and facilitated passage of the Exclusion Act, as well as occurrences after its passage and leading to its repeal

• Includes a bibliography of over 60 significant sources that reflect attitudes, news reports, and legislation from the time of the Exclusion Act and contemporary viewpoints on the historical event

• Contains a helpful glossary of terms commonly employed in a discussion of the Chinese-American experience and passage of the Exclusion Act

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313379468
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/02/2011
Series: Landmarks of the American Mosaic Series
Pages: 179
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

John Soennichsen is a freelance writer who holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and an MFA in creative writing.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword vii

Preface ix

Chronology of Significant Events in Chinese-American History xiii

1 Events Leading Up to the Earliest Chinese Immigration to America 1

2 Chinese in the California Gold Rush 7

3 Building an American Dream 19

4 The Transition Period 27

5 Governor Bigler and the "Coolie" Problem 37

6 The Panic of 1873 45

7 Denis Kearney and the Anti-Chinese Movement 51

8 Events Preceding the Exclusion Act 59

9 The 1882 Exclusion Act 67

10 Revision, Expansion, and Repeal 77

Conclusion What We Can Learn from the Exclusion Act 91

Biographies of Key Figures 97

Primary Source Documents 115

Glossary 159

Annotated Bibliography 163

Index 173

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