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A Pogrom against Chinese Immigrants Recognized

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While there has been a worrying increase in hate crimes against Asian-Americans and Asians in the United States, as I noted in my last column, some progress is being made in one city that should not be overlooked.

Let me briefly explain what occurred historically.

Along with federal and state laws aimed to oppress Chinese residents and to prevent more Chinese immigrants from coming to America, there were anti-Asian pogroms in some cities in the late 1800s.

One of these cities was the small lumber, mining and fishing port of Eureka, Calif., located along the rugged, beautiful North Coast of California that is known for its inspiring ancient redwoods.

In building the transcontinental railroad, Chinese immigrants were instrumental but mercilessly exploited workers. Despite their sacrifices, they were never accepted into the larger and mostly white American society.

With the railroad complete, the 1882-1885 Depression occurred ~ especially the Panic of 1884. In its wake came economic suffering and uncertainty for many Americans.

It didn’t........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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