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US Immigration

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US Immigration and Its Effects

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European Immigration

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Asian Immigration

  • WEB Chinatown [At PBS]
  • Mark Twain [pseud of Samuel Clemens](1835-1910): The Gentle, Inoffensive Chinese, 1871, from Roughing It, Volume II, Chapter XIII. [At Schaffer Drug Library]
  • San Francisco Chinatown Opium Den – 1870's [Image][At Drug Library]
  • Chinese Miners in the Gold Fields - 1860 [Image][At Drug Library]
  • Chinatown Declared a Nuisance! [At Drug Library]
    This is the full text of a sixteen-page pamphlet, "Chinatown Declared a Nuisance!"; distributed by the Workingmen's Committee of California, it called for the abatement of Chinatown as a health menace.
  • California: Anti-Coolie Act, 1862 [At Drug Library]
    "An Act to protect free White labor against competition with Chinese collie labor, and to discourse the immigration of the Chinese into the state of California, April 26, 1862"
  • Albert S. Evans: A Cruise on the Barbary Coast, Chapter 12 of A la California. Sketch of Life in the Golden State, c, 1871.
  • Allen S. Williams: The Demon of the Orient,  1883 [At Drug Library]
  • John W. Foster: The Chinese Boycott, The Atlantic Monthly, January 1906 [At The Atlantic, subscription required]
    Criticizes America's discrimination against Chinese immigrants in America as racist. This behavior incited a Chinese boycott of American trade.

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Latin American Immigration

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Ellis Island and New York

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Opposition to Immigration

  • Francis A. Walker: Restriction of Immigration, The Atlantic Monthly, June 1896 [At Fairfield]
    Warnings about "vast inpourings of southern European immigrants"
  • Robert DeCourcey Ward: Immigration and the South, The Atlantic Monthly, November1905 [At The Atlantic, subscription required]
    Against the North's "unloading of second-rate immigrants by sending them South."
  • William Z. Ripley: Races in the United States, The Atlantic Monthly, December 1908 [At The Atlantic, subscription required]
    The "problem" of Mediterranean, Slavic, and Oriental races upon the character of the nation.
  • Don D. Lescohier: Immigration and the Labor Supply, The Atlantic Monthly,  November 1905 [At The Atlantic, subscription required]
    Immigrants would undermine the improved labor standards that American workers were struggling to establish.
  • Randolph S. Bourne, Transnational America, The Atlantic Monthly, July 1916, [At The Atlantic, subscription required]
    On the failure of the "Melting Pot".
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