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At America's Gates: Chinese Immigration During the Exclusion Era, 1882-1943

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By Erika Lee

With the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Chinese laborers became the first group in American history to be excluded from the United States on the basis of their race and class. This landmark law changed the course of US immigration history, but we know little about its consequences for the Chinese in America or for the United States as a nation of immigrants.