Forbidden Citizens

Forbidden Citizens

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qHighly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates though faculty.q -- CHOICE q[L]andmark volume on the subject of exclusionary policies against Chinese and Chinese Americans ... a valuable teaching tool ... an exemplary subject reference.q -- Library Journal Named an Honor Book by the Asian and Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), and a Gold Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award. A whole class of people, forbidden from ever becoming citizens . . . forbidden from even entering the country-their rights torn up and trampled on, left with no political redress. This was the United States of America from 1882 through 1943-if you had the misfortune to be Chinese. The United States Congress banned all Chinese from becoming U.S. citizens from 1882 through 1943, and stopped most Chinese from even entering the country starting in 1882. Forbidden Citizens recounts this long and shameful legislative history. Congress passed restrictive legislation between 1879 and 1904. The most notorious was the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, described as qone of the most vulgar forms of barbarism, q by Rep. John Kasson (R-IA) in 1882. These laws were targeted not only at immigration, they banned citizenship, even for legal immigrants who had arrived before the gate was closed in 1882. Barred from becoming voters, the Chinese had no political recourse against repeated discrimination. Because their appearance and lifestyle were so different, it was easy to tyrannize the Chinese. Insisting that the Chinese could not assimilate into American culture, lawmakers actively blocked them from doing so. Democrats and Republicans alike found the Chinese easy prey. For the first time, this book assembles the complete legislative history of Congress's Chinese exclusion. qOur nation has the greatest ideals, standing as that 'city upon a hill' for the world over to look toward with hope. Yet we have not always been as welcoming as we have proclaimed. Forbidden Citizens by Martin Gold tells the story of the exclusion of a specific group, the Chinese people, for racial reasons that were expressed in the most shocking terms. It is thorough, thoughtful, and highly relevant today. This work presents the best scholarship in the most accessible manner.q -- Frank H. Wu, Chancellor a Dean, University of California Hastings College of the Law qThrough engaging narrative, Forbidden Citizens expertly tells a story unfamiliar to most Americans, one that left a permanent scar upon the psyche of Chinese Americans and changed our nation forever. Martin Gold's thorough and pioneering research into decades of Congressional history brings to life the politics of Chinese exclusion in a way no one has.q -- Judy Chu, United States Representative (D-CA) qForbidden Citizens is a moving account of a regrettable part of American history. Marty Gold has done us all a service by bringing this story to light so that our past mistakes are never repeated.q -- Scott Brown, United States Senator (R-MA) qAn important piece of scholarship, which vividly depicts the intensity of anti-Chinese and anti-Asian feeling that was widespread even among our intellectual and political elite only a century ago.q -- Stephen Hsu, Professor of Physics, University of Oregon For Complete Table of Contents, see other than dggifleagi-ggsfig a citizen, rightful] in, and entitled to remain in any of the insular insularterritory. territory of the nited States ... [publicl no, 91, ] Be it enacted by the Senate and Home ofR esentatioes of the United _ States of Amerwa in Congress assembled, ... to deposit in the 1United States subtreasury nda#39;gemcmma€œ at Saint Louis, Missouri, to the credit of the treasurer of the Choctaw Nation, anbsp;...

Title:Forbidden Citizens
Author: Martin Gold
Publisher:The Capitol Net Inc - 2012

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