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At America's Gates Chinese Immigration During the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943

ISBN-10: 0807854484
ISBN-13: 9780807854488
Edition: 2003
Authors: Erika Lee
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Description: With the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Chinese laborers became the first group in American history to be excluded from the United States on the basis of their race and class. This landmark law changed the course of U.S. immigration history, but we  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 5/19/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

With the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Chinese laborers became the first group in American history to be excluded from the United States on the basis of their race and class. This landmark law changed the course of U.S. immigration history, but we know little about its consequences for the Chinese in America or for the United States as a nation of immigrants. At America's Gatesis the first book devoted entirely to both Chinese immigrants and the American immigration officials who sought to keep them out. Erika Lee explores how Chinese exclusion laws not only transformed Chinese American lives, immigration patterns, identities, and families but also recast the United States into a "gatekeeping nation." Immigrant identification, border enforcement, surveillance, and deportation policies were extended far beyond any controls that had existed in the United States before. Drawing on a rich trove of historical sources--including recently released immigration records, oral histories, interviews, and letters--Lee brings alive the forgotten journeys, secrets, hardships, and triumphs of Chinese immigrants. Her timely book exposes the legacy of Chinese exclusion in current American immigration control and race relations.

Introduction
Closing the Gates
The Chinese Are Coming. How Can We Stop Them? Chinese Exclusion and the Origins of American Gatekeeping
The Keepers of the Gate: U.S. Immigration Officials and Chinese Exclusion
At America's Gates
Exclusion Acts: Race, Class, Gender, and Citizenship in the Enforcement of the Exclusion Laws
One Hundred Kinds of Oppressive Laws: The Chinese Response to American Exclusion
Cracks in the Gate
Enforcing the Borders: Chinese Exclusion along the U.S.-Canadian and U.S.-Mexican Borders
The Crooked Path: Chinese Illegal Immigration and Its Consequences
The Consequences and Legacies of Exclusion
In the Shadow of Exclusion: The Impact of Exclusion on the Chinese in America
Epilogue: Echoes of Exclusion in the Late Twentieth Century
Afterword: Following September 11, 2001
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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