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CHAPTER IV THE SECOND CONFLICT, 1913 Who Shall Own The Pacific Coast ? When Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States, came into California to campaign for his nomination, he found the people more interested in passing a law to prevent the further purchase of land by Asiatics than in the nomination of a President. It was necessary for him to declare himself in principle on that subject and the declaration he then made secured him more votes from the other parties than all other influences combined. For on May 3, 1912, he declared in California, "In the matter of Chinese and Japanese coolie immigration, I stand for the national policy of exclusion. The whole question is one of assimilation of diverse races. We can not make a homogeneous population of a people who do not blend with the Caucasian race. Their lower standard of living as labourers will crowd out the white agriculturist and is in other fields a most serious industrial menace. The success of free democratic institutions demands of our people education, intelligence, and patriotism, and the State should protect them against unjust and impossible competition. "Remunerative labour is the basis of contentment. Democracy rests on the equality of the citizen. Oriental coolieism will give us another race problem to solve and surely we have had our lesson." Surely that was clear. The Democratic State platform then followed with this plank, "We demand immediate Federal legislation for theexclusion of Japanese, Korean and Hindoo labourers," and pledged their candidates to the enactment of a bill that would prevent any alien not eligible to American citizenship from owning land in the State of California. One hundred thousand cards were distributed over the State that fall bearing these two ringing declarati...
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