Forbidden Citizens – Chinese Exclusion and the U.S. Congress

 

Forbidden Citizens

By Martin B. Gold

Described as “one of the most vulgar forms of barbarism,” by Rep. John Kasson (R-IA) in 1882, a series of laws known as The Chinese Exclusion Act passed by the United States Congress between 1879 and 1943 resulted in prohibiting the Chinese as a people from becoming U.S. citizens. Forbidden Citizens recounts this long and shameful legislative history, telling the inside story of the battle over Chinese exclusion, examining all of the exclusion laws using the words actually spoken in Senate and House debates.

Forbidden Citizens
 

 

[L]andmark volume on the subject of exclusionary policies against Chinese and Chinese Americans … a valuable teaching tool … an exemplary subject reference.

Library Journal

 

Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty.

CHOICE

 

Forbidden Citizens Recognized with Two Awards: APALA and Benjamin Franklin Awards

 

For complete Table of Contents, sample sections, and secure online ordering, see ForbiddenCitizens.com.

 
 


The Chinese Exclusion Act Official Trailer, A Documentary by Ric Burns

 
 


The Chinese Exclusion Act Behind the scenes interview with Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu

 
 






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