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Unformatted text preview: Précis 1-28-08 The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 denied Chinese immigrants the right to obtain citizenship in America. It states that any captain of a ship facilitating Chinese immigrants into the country would be subject to criminal charges. Another stipulation is that “Chinese laborers” in the United States as of November 17 1880 were exempt to the Exclusion Act. This document also noted that this did not apply to diplomatic officers of the Chinese Government, traveling to the United States for business involved with their government. Laws in all states that may permit citizenship to the Chinese were immediately repealed. This document froze the Chinese population in America from growing and becoming a part of American society as previous groups such as the Irish and Germans did. This passage from Robert G. Ingersoll’s “Should the Chinese Be Excluded?” displays his position as a critic of The Chinese Exclusion Act; His general argument suggests the government is hypocritical in excluding a particular group on the premise of race; he argues that the Chinese have done...
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- Spring '08
- William Jennings Bryan, Chinese government, Exclusion Act