The U.S. federal government passed the Chinese Exclusion Act on May 6, 1882. The act was designed to limit Chinese immigration into the United States. It was repealed in 1943.
Chinese immigrants were brought into the U.S. to provide cheap labor for massive work projects, such as building the First Transcontinental Railroad. The Chinese immigrants were tolerated and many worked in the gold and silver mines in the west. After the precious metals mines began to peter out, hostility arose against Read the rest of this entry »