Finally repealed by the Magnuson Act of 1943 (which also established quotas for Chinese immigrants and made them eligible for citizenship), the Exclusion Act and the events that precipitated it reflect one facet of American life that is often overlooked in an attempt to understand the nation in the midst of industrialization.
This web site is designed to shed light on otherwise ignored
elements of Chinese life in Nineteenth Century America, including:
reasons for emigration to California (California
Dreaming), myths surrounding the indentured servant (i.e. "coolie")
after the Civil War (Coolie Fiction), organizations
designed to assist Chinese laborers in California (Helping
Hands), tensions between white and Chinese workers (Labor
Pains), political posturing that allowed the Exclusion Act to become law
(Racial Politics), and a collection of articles and
suggested sources for further study (Read All About
Last Modified: 12/20/98
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