Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans
Driven Out exposes a shocking story of ethnic cleansing in California and the Pacific Northwest when the first Chinese Americans were rounded up and purged from more than three hundred communities by lawless citizens and duplicitous politicians. From 1848 into the twentieth century, Chinatowns burned across the West as Chinese miners and merchants, lumberjacks and fieldworkers, prostitutes and merchants' wives were violently loaded onto railroad cars or steamers, marched out of town, or killed.
But the Chinese fought back—with arms, strikes, and lawsuits and by flatly refusing to leave. When red posters appeared on barns and windows across the United States urging the Chinese to refuse to carry photo identity cards, more than one hundred thousand joined the largest mass civil disobedience to date in the United States. The first Chinese Americans were marched out and starved out. But even facing brutal pogroms, they stood up for their civil rights. This is a story that defines us as a nation and marks our humanity.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - pgSundling - LibraryThing
Read this one as research for my novel, The Internet President: None of the Above for the chapter Gallows. I knew there was a bad history of discrimination against Asian Americans, but didn't realize the full scope of it before this book. Read full review
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This is an extremely well-written book about horrible things. I really had to push myself through the last hundred pages because I felt the increasing need to go back in time and punch people for ... Read full review
GOLD PEACEABLY IF WE CAN FORCIBLY IF WE MUST
THE WOMANS TALE IN CASE I SHOULD BE KIDNAPPED
THE EUREKA METHOD WE HAVE NO CHINESE
THE TRUCKEE METHOD FIRE AND ICE
THE CHINESE REWRITE THE LETTER OF THE LAW
A LITANY OF HATE THE 1880s
THE DOG TAG LAW
NO PLACE FOR A CHINAMAN