Chinese Exclusion and the U.S. Congress
A Legislative History
By Martin B. Gold
|2012, 616 pages
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Rave Reviews"Our 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.."
Anti-Chinese violence, discrimination, and rhetoric have a long, sordid history in America. It began with the first Chinese immigrants to North America in the 1840s and in some ways, at least rhetorically, continues to the present day. The anti-Chinese movement often took a federal political form that proved amazingly complex; and for the first time this legal history has been carefully and thoughtfully explained in
Forbidden Citizens, from the initial congressional debates in the 1870s, through the passage of no less than nine Chinese exclusion laws, to the eventual repeal of fourteen statutes in 1943. All can be found in this one volume. It is a monumental achievement."
-- John R. Wunder, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and author Inferior Courts, Superior Justice: A History of the Justices of the Peace on the Northwest Frontier, 1853-1889 (Greenwood Press)
"Forbidden 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."
-- Scott Brown, United States Senator (R-MA)
"An 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."
-- Stephen Hsu, Professor of Physics, University of Oregon
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