What factors contributed to the Chinese Exclusion Act



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What factors contributed to the Chinese Exclusion Act

STEP 1:Read the timeline carefully. Write your HYPOTHESES for why the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed in 1882.

 The Chinese Exclusion Act was a climax to more than thirty years of progressive racism. Anti-Chinese sentiment had existed ever since the great migration from China during the gold rush, where white miners and prospectors imposed taxes and laws to inhibit the Chinese from success.



STEP 2:Read document A-D. For each, write any evidence you find for what led to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

Based on this document, why did many white Americans support the Chinese Exclusion Act? Provide at least one response for each document.

Document A:

Play
The Chinese Must Go!" was the slogan of the Workingmen's Party of California. Making fun of Chinese people.


Document B:


Nast Cartoon
The woman is defending the Chinese guy from the union men.

The union men are attacking the guy.


Document C:


Workingmen speech
Because wealthy people are succeeding with the Chinese people.


Document D:



Lee Chew’s Autobiograph

They are excellent workers.


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