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The Chinese must go : violence, exclusion, and the making of the alien in America

The Chinese must go : violence, exclusion, and the making of the alien in America

Author: Beth Lew-Williams
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
In 1882, the United States launched an unprecedented experiment in federal border control--which promptly failed. The Chinese Must Go examines this formative moment when America's lackluster attempt to bar Chinese workers provoked a wave of anti-Chinese violence across the U.S. West. In 1885 and 1886, white vigilantes in over 150 communities used intimidation, harassment, bombs, arson, assault, and murder to drive  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Beth Lew-Williams
ISBN: 9780674976016 0674976010 9780674260351 067426035X
OCLC Number: 1000526851
Awards: Winner of Ellis W. Hawley Prize 2019
Winner of Ray Allen Billington Prize 2019
Winner of Vincent P. DeSantis Prize 2019
Winner of Sally and Ken Owens Award 2019 (United States)
Description: 349 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The violence of exclusion --
Part I. Restriction. The Chinese question ; Experiments in restriction --
Part II. Violence. The banished ; The people ; The loyal --
Part III. Exclusion. The exclusion consensus ; Afterlives under exclusion --
Epilogue: The modern American alien --
Appendix A. Sites of anti-Chinese expulsions and attempted expulsions, 1885-1887 --
Appendix B. Chinese immigration to the United States, 1850-1904.
Responsibility: Beth Lew-Williams.


Beth Lew-Williams shows how American immigration policies incited violence against Chinese workers, and how that violence provoked new exclusionary policies. Locating the origins of the modern  Read more...


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The Chinese Must Go shows how a country that was moving, in a piecemeal and halting fashion, toward an expansion of citizenship for formerly enslaved people and Native Americans, came to deny other Read more...

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