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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 grew to become the 1st crew in American heritage to be excluded from the U.S. 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 outcomes for the chinese language in the United States or for the USA as a country of immigrants.

At America's Gates is the 1st booklet dedicated completely to either chinese language immigrants and the yank immigration officers who sought to maintain them out. Erika Lee explores how chinese language exclusion legislation not just remodeled chinese language American lives, immigration styles, identities, and households but in addition recast the U.S. right into a "gatekeeping nation." Immigrant identity, border enforcement, surveillance, and deportation regulations have been prolonged a long way past any controls that had existed within the usa earlier than.

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

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