Congressional Policy of Chinese Immigration
by Tien-Lu Li (9780217697668)

Congressional Policy of Chinese Immigration
Tien-Lu Li
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 62
Category: Emigration & Immigration
ISBN: 9780217697668
ISBN-10: 0217697666

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTEB III Treaty Of 1880; Or, The Modification Of The Burlingamh Treaty The labor conditions in California had been such before the negotiation of the Burlingame Treaty and were so aggravated after it that the eclat with which the Californians joined in hailing the Treaty of 1868 had scarcely had time to die away in the ears of the people before a hue and cry was raised against that treaty as the cause for the depression of labor. As a matter of fact, the workingmen of the whole country were complaining of the business stagnation caused by an overproduction of the manufacturers.1 In California there were special reasons for discontent in the pAmpptitinn nf th cheapJiaiinese labor, which reduced the chances of earnings of workingmen, whileft-strengthened the power and added to the wealth of capitalists. One was the monopolization of land by a few men who, by refusing to utilize it or distribute it at fair prices, kept back from the masses a legitimate opening for work and prosperity. Again, the detestation of country life, for its lack of comfortable accommodations on the farm, made the tramp prefer idling in towns and cities. In San Francisco the mania for stock-gambling created much distress by breaking up the homes of thousands and dissipating the savings of years.2 All these contributed to making the situation unbearable for the workingmen by reducing wages and increasing unemployment in the cities like San Francisco and Sacramento. The masses attributed the distress to the competition of the Chinese, who had already monopolized cigar-making, outnumbered the whites in shoe-making, and made themselves preferred in laundry, house service, fruit-canning, farming, and fisheries.8 Though not entirely accounted for by the presence of the Chinese, wages had fallen ...

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