January 1991
Reader's Companion to American History;1991, p167
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Information about the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 is presented. The Act was the first significant law that restricts immigration into the U.S. Although the Chinese composed only .002% of the nation's population, Congress passed the exclusion act to placate workers demands and assuage prevalent concerns about maintaining white racial purity. The statute of 1882 suspend Chinese immigration for ten years and declared the Chinese as ineligible for naturalization.


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