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By Andrew Gyory

The chinese language Exclusion Act of 1882 barred approximately all chinese language from US seashores for ten years. Gyory lines the origins of the Act, contending that instead of confronting divisive difficulties similar to category clash, politicians sought a secure, non-ideological method to the nation's business difficulty.

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9 To western senators, however, fears of working-class rebellion paled beside the exigencies of race. "As statesmen, looking before and after, we cannot ignore the face of race antipathies," Senator Booth said. " Conjuring up images of forced racial mingling, western senators used Chinese immigration to evoke the recent failure of Reconstruction, an issue many Republicans now wanted to shed. ) said. Â . Asiatic barbarians," Senator John H. ) compared Chinese immigration to a "great anaconda" squeezing the life out of American civilization.

Injected into the working-class movement by the Civil War and emancipation. Â . " Much like Mink, Roediger relies heavily on secondary sources. Consequently, despite his careful attention to the meanings of working-class terminology (such as "wage slavery'' and "white slavery"), he misses some of the nuances 37 38 of that terminology and thus misconstrues working-class attitudes toward Chinese immigration. " But to go one step further, race is also constructed differently at the same time by people in the same social class.

Race differences had recently torn the country in two and precipitated civil war. Now class differences threatened to do the same. Â . to avoid the trouble by preventing the immigration," Blaine said. " To Blaine, the primary goal of statesmanshipor of "practical" statesmanshipwas to preserve order rather than to serve justice. S. " Blaine's argument was masterly. Pitting class against class and race against race, he effectively killed two birds with one stone: he could now pose as the champion of peace and order and claim all the while he was on the side of the working person.

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