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Driven out : the forgotten war against Chinese Americans

Author: Jean Pfaelzer
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The brutal and systematic "ethnic cleansing" of Chinese-Americans in California and the Pacific Northwest in the second half of the 19th century is a shocking and virtually unexplored chapter of American history. Driven Out unearths this forgotten episode in our nation's past. Drawing on years of groundbreaking research, Jean Pfaelzer reveals how, beginning in 1849, lawless citizens and duplicitous politicians
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Genre/Form: History
Local history
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Pfaelzer, Jean.
Driven out.
New York : Random House, ©2007
(OCoLC)608444246
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Pfaelzer
ISBN: 1400061342 9781400061341
OCLC Number: 71779102
Awards: Asian/Pacific American Literature Award Honor, 2007.
Description: xxix, 400 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: List of illustrations --
Introduction : The Chinese called it Pai Hua, or The driven out --
1. Gold! : "Peaceably if we can, forcibly if we must" --
2. Dead branches --
3. The woman's tale : "In case I should be kidnapped" --
4. The Eureka method : "We have no Chinese" --
5. The Truckee method : fire and ice --
6. The Chinese rewrite the letter of the law --
7. A litany of hate : the 1880s --
8. The dog tag law --
Conclusion : "No place for a Chinaman" --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Jean Pfaelzer.
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The brutal and systematic "ethnic cleansing" of Chinese-Americans in California and the Pacific Northwest in the second half of the 19th century is a shocking and virtually unexplored chapter of American history. Driven Out unearths this forgotten episode in our nation's past. Drawing on years of groundbreaking research, Jean Pfaelzer reveals how, beginning in 1849, lawless citizens and duplicitous politicians purged dozens of communities of thousands of Chinese residents -- and how the victims bravely fought back. In town after town, as races and classes were pitted against one another in the raw and anarchic West, Chinese miners and merchants, lumberjacks and field workers, prostitutes and merchants' wives, were gathered up at gunpoint and marched out of their homes, sometimes thrown into railroad cars along the very tracks they had built. Here, in vivid detail, are unforgettable incidents such as the torching of the Chinatown in Antioch, California, after Chinese prostitutes were accused of giving seven white boys syphilis, and a series of lynchings in Los Angeles bizarrely provoked by a Chinese wedding. From the Port of Seattle to the mining towns in California's Siskiyou Mountains to "Nigger Alley" in Los Angeles, the first Chinese-Americans were hanged, purged, and banished. Chinatowns across the West were burned to the ground. - Jacket flap.

Chronicles the systematic attempts to purge Chinese enclaves across the West from the Gold Rush era to the turn of the twentieth century, documenting the efforts of the Chinese Americans to achieve reparations and attain rights.

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