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Unformatted Document Text:  Did the economic depression of the time by result in “scape goating” the Chinese as the source of unemployment and other economic dislocation? Were the hue and cry against the Chinese based on xenophobic complaints that they had failed to assimilate in the dominant culture? Congress How is it that the Chinese Exclusion Act is held to be the first comprehensive effort to restrict immigration on basis of race alone? How does this jive with the Foreign Miners Tax Laws of 1850? Who was California Democratic Congressman Thomas Geary? What district did he represent, and what was the rough demographic make-up of that district? What was the nationality and religion of his immediate ancestors? What arguments did he make in support of his Geary Act of 1892? What local ties to Santa Rosa did Congressman Geary enjoy and does he continue to enjoy? What was the Magnuson Act of 1943, and why was it popular with both Congress and President Franklin Roosevelt? Judiciary Congressional and executive decisions have gone almost entirely unchecked by the judicial branch, as evidenced in the decisions of the Surpeme Court in Chae Chan Ping v. United States (The Chinese Exclusion case), and Fong Yue Ting v. United States. Special treatment of immigration statutes under the Constitution is considered “plenary power,” a doctrine holding that federal power over immigration is simply beyond judicial review. Please discuss the concept of plenary power, and what roots does it have in Constitutional history? What was the Geary Act of 1892, and what points did the majority opinion written by Associate Justice Horace Gray of the Supreme Court offer in its upholding the act, vis-à-vis Fong Yue Ting v. United States (149 U.S. 698 (1893)? Presidency What was the Treaty of Burlingame of 1868? What did it promise? Why did Republican President Lincoln appoint Anson Burlingame as minister plenipotentiary to China? What unique credentials did he possess for that position? Republican President Chester A. Arthur came to office as the Vice President of James Garfield, who died ten months after gaining office. What was President Arthur’s attitudes toward the Exclusion Act? Was Act was effected by the President’s opinion. How was the Act viewed by Arthur’s administration and cabinet? Please describe any evidence of its implementation?

Authors: Kiraly, Michael.
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Did the economic depression of the time by result in “scape goating” the Chinese as the
source of unemployment and other economic dislocation? Were the hue and cry against
the Chinese based on xenophobic complaints that they had failed to assimilate in the
dominant culture?
Congress
How is it that the Chinese Exclusion Act is held to be the first comprehensive effort to
restrict immigration on basis of race alone? How does this jive with the Foreign Miners
Tax Laws of 1850?
Who was California Democratic Congressman Thomas Geary? What district did he
represent, and what was the rough demographic make-up of that district? What was the
nationality and religion of his immediate ancestors? What arguments did he make in
support of his Geary Act of 1892? What local ties to Santa Rosa did Congressman Geary
enjoy and does he continue to enjoy?
What was the Magnuson Act of 1943, and why was it popular with both Congress and
President Franklin Roosevelt?
Judiciary
Congressional and executive decisions have gone almost entirely unchecked by the
judicial branch, as evidenced in the decisions of the Surpeme Court in Chae Chan Ping v.
United States (The Chinese Exclusion case), and Fong Yue Ting v. United States.
Special treatment of immigration statutes under the Constitution is considered “plenary
power,” a doctrine holding that federal power over immigration is simply beyond judicial
review. Please discuss the concept of plenary power, and what roots does it have in
Constitutional history?
What was the Geary Act of 1892, and what points did the majority opinion written by
Associate Justice Horace Gray of the Supreme Court offer in its upholding the act, vis-à-
vis Fong Yue Ting v. United States (149 U.S. 698 (1893)?
Presidency
What was the Treaty of Burlingame of 1868? What did it promise? Why did Republican
President Lincoln appoint Anson Burlingame as minister plenipotentiary to China? What
unique credentials did he possess for that position?
Republican President Chester A. Arthur came to office as the Vice President of James
Garfield, who died ten months after gaining office. What was President Arthur’s
attitudes toward the Exclusion Act? Was Act was effected by the President’s opinion.
How was the Act viewed by Arthur’s administration and cabinet? Please describe any
evidence of its implementation?


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