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How did the Chinese affect American policies and culture? 1840s-1902

Map of California during the Gold Rush, attracting Chinese Immigrants.

Poster, attracting people West. The building of the transcontinental railroad gave Chinese immigrants an opportunity for work. Their work under the Central Pacific company allowed American culture and influence to move west, more efficiently.

Photo of Chinese children. At first, most Chinese immigrants only came to collect wealth and return home. The presence of women and children suggests a more permanent settlement. Economic burdens by this movement, lead to the Chinese Exclusion Act.




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