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The entire point of slavery was a controllable labor force. So what happened when that labor force became free in 1865? Southern planters wanted to bring in the Chinese to replace their Black slaves! Efforts to recruit white labor had been hampered by the low wages and dangerous conditions on the plantations. The leaders of […]

Ah Toy

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On June 25, 2020

Fascinating and excellent essay about Ah Toy, the Chinese brothel madam in Gold Rush San Francisco, and the anti-Asian racism that impacted her long life in California. An excerpt: In time, however, o

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On March 21, 1866, California passed An Act for the Suppression of Chinese Houses of Ill Fame, an anti-prostitution measure that stood in for a larger anti-Chinese sentiment in that state that would lead to the Chinese Exclusion Act sixteen years later and was part and parcel with a larger project that lasted over a […]

Meat vs. Rice

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On September 22, 2015

How are you all this morning? Enjoying yourselves? Well, that’s nice and all, but let’s change the mood by delving into the legacy of American racism. Here is the 1908 pamphlet by American

Mt. Sing

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On October 21, 2014

I’ve talked before about how national parks, and especially the classic nature parks of the American West, are whitened places, with indigenous histories erased and indigenous people evicted. Th

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