Causes Of The Chinese Exclusion Act

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Chinese Exclusion Act Essay On September 2nd 1885 in the town of Rock Springs, Wyoming, twenty five Chinese males were murdered. The cause of these murders was at the hand of the miners white colleges. The incident started with a small fight, which lead to a deadly blow to the skull with a pick ax (Rea).The dispute was later broken up, which gave the angry mob time to go get their weapons from home, and they would come back to continue what they had started earlier (Rea). But why did the white miners who worked alongside the Chinese feel threatened to the point of a riot? Many Chinese males immigrated to the United States, without their families, not only to escape a Civil war but to make a living for themselves (Bodenner). The Gold Rush of …show more content…
Later on the building of the transcontinental railroad brought over, and provided jobs for the Chinese immigrants who were new to the U.S. (Bodenner). The Chinese caused major job competition to other immigrants like the Scotts-Irish. This was because the Chinese came over without their families, and could afford to work for a lower wage than those who would have to support a family (Bodenner). This caused major conflicts between the two groups, and the American government realized that something had to be done to prevent any further violence from spreading. The government came to the conclusion to create the Chinese Exclusion Act. The Chinese Exclusion Act stated that people coming from China to the United States, except those of certain professions, were not allowed to enter the country (Bodenner). The Chinese Exclusion Act is a racist policy because it is purposefully excluding one group based on preconceived …show more content…
That being said the United States government should not have passed the Chinese Exclusion act based on the cultural elements alone. The Chinese were very hard working people, and did their tedious work for very little pay (Bodenner) that being said the act does seem fair from an economic standpoint. While the Chinese were living in America they came over without their families, and the Chinese lived together once they came over. This meant less spending for the Chinese. They also did not help to boost the U.S. economy because they didn’t purchase goods while being in America (Bodenner). This meant that they would make their purchases from China which did not make sense to the Americans because the United States had supported them economically so why couldn’t the Chinese do the same

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