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

ALEXANDRIA, VA – (July 9, 2013)

Forbidden Citizens,” a text book covering the legislative history of the U.S. Chinese Exclusion Laws, has received two prestigious awards.

FC_Cover_2_220The Asian and Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) has named “Forbidden Citizens” an Honor Book in the category of adult non-fiction for 2013.

IBPA, the Independent Book Publishers Association, sponsor of the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Award, announced that “Forbidden Citizens” was the Gold Winner in the Political / Current Events category.BenFranklin_Winner_150-150x150

Both awards follow recognition by Library Journal and CHOICE.

Library Journal described “Forbidden Citizens” as a “[L]andmark volume on the subject of exclusionary policies against Chinese and Chinese Americans … a valuable teaching tool … an exemplary subject reference.” (Library Journal, July 2012)

CHOICE, “Current Reviews for Academic Libraries,” in January 2013 wrote, ”Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates though faculty.”

Forbidden Citizens: Chinese Exclusion and the U.S. Congress: A Legislative History, by Martin B. Gold (published July 4, 2012 by TheCapitol.Net), tells 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.

Author Martin B. Gold is a government affairs attorney with Covington & Burling.

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