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Unformatted Document Text:  Assignment Page: The Chinese in the 1870s and 1880s Constitutionalism and Federalism What role did the states (specifically, California and Oregon) play in creation of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882? What is meant by “Segregation’s last stronghold”? How did California’s restrictive policies trample on the federal government’s prerogative to negotiate foreign treaties? Civil Liberties and Civil Rights How was the Chinese Exclusion Act eventually applied to other Asiatic peoples? How did the Exclusion Act serve to freeze the American Chinese community in place? What rights did children or spouses of Chinese workers in America have? Interest Groups and Political Parties Who was Denis Kearney and what was the California Workingmen’s Party? Examine the post Civil War period in California, where partisan political concerns, along with labor unionism, figured prominently in the anti Chinese movement. How did the parties lay hands on an issue of such enormous potential? Was this a new issue, or further evocative of the entire syndrome of hatreds and loyalties which still could not quite openly be declared so close to the end of the Civil War? What evidence can be seen of organized religion’s response to the Geary Act? Why were Protestant churches greatly alarmed? What opinion did the Roman Catholic Church hold? Why? What are the demographics of both sects at this point in time? Campaigns and Elections Who was Frank M. Pixley and what was The Argonaut? What does Congressman Pixley’s changing membership from the Republican, to the Know Nothing, to the Union and finally to the American Party say about the shifting demographics of his constituency? Whose vote was he trying to attract? How does that interrelate to the election of 1858 and 1861? What were the issues nation-wide at that time? Who were Pixley’s rivals, and what were there positions toward Chinese Exclusion?

Authors: Kiraly, Michael.
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Assignment Page: The Chinese in the 1870s and 1880s
Constitutionalism and Federalism
What role did the states (specifically, California and Oregon) play in creation of the
Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882?
What is meant by “Segregation’s last stronghold”?
How did California’s restrictive policies trample on the federal government’s prerogative
to negotiate foreign treaties?
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
How was the Chinese Exclusion Act eventually applied to other Asiatic peoples?
How did the Exclusion Act serve to freeze the American Chinese community in place?
What rights did children or spouses of Chinese workers in America have?
Interest Groups and Political Parties
Who was Denis Kearney and what was the California Workingmen’s Party?
Examine the post Civil War period in California, where partisan political concerns, along
with labor unionism, figured prominently in the anti Chinese movement. How did the
parties lay hands on an issue of such enormous potential? Was this a new issue, or
further evocative of the entire syndrome of hatreds and loyalties which still could not
quite openly be declared so close to the end of the Civil War?
What evidence can be seen of organized religion’s response to the Geary Act? Why were
Protestant churches greatly alarmed? What opinion did the Roman Catholic Church
hold? Why? What are the demographics of both sects at this point in time?
Campaigns and Elections
Who was Frank M. Pixley and what was The Argonaut? What does Congressman
Pixley’s changing membership from the Republican, to the Know Nothing, to the Union
and finally to the American Party say about the shifting demographics of his
constituency? Whose vote was he trying to attract?
How does that interrelate to the election of 1858 and 1861? What were the issues nation-
wide at that time? Who were Pixley’s rivals, and what were there positions toward
Chinese Exclusion?


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