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The Indispensable Enemy: Labor and the Anti-Chinese Movement in California / Edition 1

The Indispensable Enemy: Labor and the Anti-Chinese Movement in California / Edition 1

by Alexander SaxtonAlexander Saxton


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Winner, Silver Medal, California Book Awards—Commonwealth Club of California

With a foreword by William Deverell

The Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Indispensable Enemy examines the anti-Chinese confrontation on the Pacific Coast as it was experienced and rationalized by the white majority. Focusing on the Democratic party and the labor movement of California through the forty-year period after the Civil War, Alexander Saxton explores aspects of the Jacksonian background which proves crucial to an understanding of what occurred in California. The Ícaro|Ícaro|Ícaro|Indispensable Enemy looks beyond the turn of the 19th century to trace results of the sequence of events in the West for the labor movement as a whole, influencing events that led to the crystallization of an American concept of national identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520029057
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 06/23/1975
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Alexander Saxton (1919-2012) was the author of The Rise and Fall of the White Republic (1991), and the novels Bright Web in the Darkness (California reissue 1997) and Great Midland. He was Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. 

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