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ERIC Number: ED463201
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Affidavit and Flyers from the Chinese Boycott Case. The Constitution Community: The Development of the Industrial United States (1870-1900).
Greene, Mary Frances
Under Article I, Section 8, Clause 4, of the United States Constitution, the U.S. Congress is granted the power to "establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization." With passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, Congress exercised this authority, denying the rights of citizenship to all Chinese immigrants. The Chinese Boycott Case demonstrates one instance when immigrants overcame the ramifications of such laws through the U.S. judicial system. This lesson focuses on the period in U.S. history when Chinese immigrants were only begrudgingly accepted and faced taxes aimed at foreign people and additional discriminatory legislation during the latter half of the 19th century. It correlates to the National History Standards and to the National Standards for Civics and Government. The two primary source documents are labor union flyers promoting the boycott of Chinese businesses and the affidavit of Huie Pock and Quon Loy. The lesson provides historical background for the legal question (with two resources) and suggests diverse teaching activities for classroom implementation, including interpreting the documents, a courtroom simulation, immigration data and statistics, legislation timeline, compare and contrast, the Chinese Exclusion Act, and the National Archives and Records Administration Archival Information Locator (NAIL) research. (BT)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution