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By Erika Lee

ISBN-10: 0807827754

ISBN-13: 9780807827758

ISBN-10: 0807854484

ISBN-13: 9780807854488

With the chinese language Exclusion Act of 1882, chinese language workers turned the 1st staff in American historical past to be excluded from the USA at the foundation in their race and sophistication. This landmark legislations replaced the process U.S. immigration historical past, yet we all know little approximately its effects for the chinese language in the US or for the U.S. as a kingdom of immigrants.

At America's Gates is the 1st publication dedicated fullyyt to either chinese language immigrants and the yankee immigration officers who sought to maintain them out. Erika Lee explores how chinese language exclusion legislation not just reworked chinese language American lives, immigration styles, identities, and households but additionally recast the us right into a "gatekeeping nation." Immigrant identity, border enforcement, surveillance, and deportation rules have been prolonged a long way past any controls that had existed within the usa prior to.

Drawing on a wealthy trove of historic sources--including lately published immigration documents, oral histories, interviews, and letters--Lee brings alive the forgotten trips, secrets and techniques, hardships, and triumphs of chinese language immigrants. Her well timed publication exposes the legacy of chinese language exclusion in present American immigration keep an eye on and race relations.

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