chinese exclusion essay

Chinese Exclusion

Why did the United States exclude Chinese immigrants in 1882?

Like other peoples all over the world, many Chinese viewed the United States as a land of economic opportunity. An 1868 treaty allowed the Chinese to immigrate to the United States, and some 160,000 did so. The increasing numbers of Chinese along the West Coasts prompted a nativist backlash. Opponents offered many arguments in favor of a ban on future immigration from China. Congress responded with the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which was renewed in 1892 and again in 1902.


1. Write an essay of more than 1100 words
2. In your own words – if you must quote, count the cut-n-pasted word count of the quote AND ADD IT
TO THE 1100 word minimum requirement. 350 words in quotes means the essay should total
MORE than 1450 words.
3. Adhere to rules of English grammar, spelling and punctuation
4. Keep the phrasing in the THIRD PERSON and the tense in the past.
(“One may conclude” not “I believe”, and “They WERE” not “They ARE”

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