[ Read ] ➯ Driven Out Author Jean Pfaelzer – Thomashillier.co.uk

Driven Out A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOKThe Brutal And Systematic Ethnic Cleansing Of Chinese Americans In California And The Pacific Northwest In The Second Half Of The Nineteenth Century Is A Shocking And Virtually Unexplored Chapter Of American History Driven Out Unearths This Forgotten Episode In Our Nation S Past Drawing On Years Of Groundbreaking Research, Jean Pfaelzer Reveals How, Beginning In 1848, Lawless Citizens And Duplicitous Politicians Purged Dozens Of Communities Of Thousands Of Chinese Residents And How The Victims Bravely Fought Back In Town After Town, As Races And Classes Were Pitted Against One Another In The Raw And Anarchistic West, Chinese Miners And Merchants, Lumberjacks And Field Workers, Prostitutes And Merchants Wives, Were Gathered Up At Gunpoint And Marched Out Of Town, Sometimes Thrown Into Railroad Cars Along The Very Tracks They Had Built.Here, In Vivid Detail, Are Unforgettable Incidents Such As The Torching Of The Chinatown In Antioch, California, After Chinese Prostitutes Were Accused Of Giving Seven Young Men Syphilis, And A Series Of Lynchings In Los Angeles Bizarrely Provoked By A Chinese Wedding From The Port Of Seattle To The Mining Towns In California S Siskiyou Mountains To Nigger Alley In Los Angeles, The First Chinese Americans Were Hanged, Purged, And Banished Chinatowns Across The West Were Burned To The Ground But The Chinese Fought Back They Filed The First Lawsuits For Reparations In The United States, Sued For The Restoration Of Their Property, Prosecuted White Vigilantes, Demanded The Right To Own Land, And, Years Before Brown V Board Of Education , Won Access To Public Education For Their Children Chinese Americans Organized Strikes And Vegetable Boycotts In Order To Starve Out Towns That Tried To Expel Them They Ordered Arms From China And, With Winchester Rifles And Colt Revolvers, Defended Themselves In 1893, Than 100,000 Chinese Americans Refused The Government S Order To Wear Photo Identity Cards To Prove Their Legal Status The Largest Mass Civil Disobedience In United States History To That Point Driven Out Features Riveting Characters, Both Heroic And Villainous, White And Asian Charles McGlashen, A Newspaper Editor, Spearheaded A Shift In The Tactics Of Persecution, From Brutality To Legal Boycotts Of The Chinese, In Order To Mount A Run For Governor Of California Fred Bee, A Creator Of The Pony Express, Became The Chinese Consul And One Of The Few Attorneys Willing To Defend The Chinese Lum May, A Dry Goods Store Owner, Saw His Wife Dragged From Their Home And Driven Insane President Grover Cleveland, Hoping That China S 400,000 Subjects Would Buy The United States Out Of Its Economic Crisis, Persuaded China To Abandon The Overseas Chinese In Return For A Trade Treaty Quen Hing Tong, A Merchant, Sought An Injunction Against The City Of San Jose In An Important Precursor To Today S Suits Against Racial Profiling And Police Brutality In Driven Out, Jean Pfaelzer Sheds A Harsh Light On America S Past This Is A Story Of Hitherto Unknown Racial Pogroms, Purges, Roundups, And Brutal Terror, But Also A Record Of Valiant Resistance And Community This Deeply Resonant And Eye Opening Work Documents A Significant And Disturbing Episode In American History.


10 thoughts on “Driven Out

  1. says:

    This is an extremely well written book about horrible things I really had to push myself through the last hundred pages because I felt the increasing need to go back in time and punch people for being so ignorant and cruel I have been reading a great deal about the experiences of Chinese in America at the turn of the 20th century, but this is by far the most graphic, the most detailed, when it comes to the matter of the pogroms and massacres that occurred throughout California and north to Was This is an extremely well written book about horrible things I really had to push myself through the last hund...


  2. says:

    People are stupid and suck What the hell Excellent book, just a downer Where s my wine What It s only 8 am Bah


  3. says:

    A painful look at a part of our history that is so often ignored It s evenrelevant in today s climate where once again immigrants are being denigrated and blamed for all the ills in society instead of being recognized for what they are and always have been the core of this nation Imagine an America without the Chinese, or the Irish or Italians or Latinos or blacks Yet each group has been targeted at one time or another, or continues to be targeted as a bad force when they are anythin A painful look at a part of our history that is so often ignored It s evenrelevant in today s climate where once again immigrants are being denigrated and blamed for all the ills in society instead of being recognized for what they are and always have been t...


  4. says:

    It is upsetting just skimming through the book Instance upon instance of local governments resorting to all sorts of political tactics in addition to mob violence to persecute the Chinese Skimming I couldn t help c...


  5. says:

    As I wrote both fiction and non fiction books on this topic I am in an especially good position to say what a truly fine job Jean Pfaelzer has done with Driven Out I very much enjoyed reading it and learned a lot Whatcan one ask of a book


  6. says:

    Maxine Hong Kingston mentioned the driven out time in China Men, but that didn t prepare me for the horrific actions I found in this book.


  7. says:

    This book chronicles the racial conflicts in California from 1849 and the beginning of the Gold Rush to the turn of the century During that time America s economy was in persistent depression, and white males took off for California, desperate for work and filled with dreams of a golden future After the Civil War, ...


  8. says:

    Having been born and raised in California, I was surprised to learn that the Chinese had lived not only in San Francisco and Los Angeles, but also many rural areas in the northern part of the state, in particular, the gold country Thousands of them were driven out of their homes by mobs of racist white men For example, in 1878 the Caucasian League drove the Chinese out of Truckee, California, burning their houses In 1885, two hundred Chinese were purged from the logging town of Eureka White Having been born and raised in California, I was surprised to learn that the Chinese had lived not only in San Francisco and Los Angeles, but also many rural areas in the northern part of the state, in particular, the gold country Thousands of them were driven out of their homes by mobs of racist white men For example, in 1878 the Caucasian League drove the Chinese out of Truckee, California, burning their houses In 1885, two hundred Chinese were purged from the logging town of Eureka White arsonists repeatedly burned down San Jose s Chinatown White racists forced the Chinese in Tacoma, Washington onto railroad trains taking them out ...


  9. says:

    This book covers events that tended to be left out of American History books and class discussions when I was growing up Westward expansion and the gold rush were only about making the greatest country bigger, never about the struggle of a country and its people to actually live up to the ideals they established for themselves in the Declaration, Constitution, etc Key interesting ideas discussed include the role of unions and workers organizations in furthering racist ideology and action the This book covers events that tended to be left out of American History books and class discussions when I was growing up Westward expansion and the gold rush were only about making...


  10. says:

    Having grown up in Northern California, I was amazed to learn how much history has been wiped away in the past 150 years The contributions to building California have been left out of the history books and this book does a nice job of bringing some of that history back A very important b...