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On November 3,a large group of Tacoma men rounded up all the Chinese people still in the city about people, including both individual laborers and whole families and marched them out of town. The next day some Tacomans ravaged Chinese businesses downtown and burned shops and lodgings that formed the Chinese settlement along the waterfront. This dramatic set of actions was the climax of growing anti-Chinese sentiment in the region and beyond in the s, the era of the Chinese Exclusion Act to stop Chinese immigration into the United States.
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They were given bail and returned to Tacoma to a welcome home celebration. Their trials were later transferred to Tacoma, where the charges were later dropped.
A similar, but less methodical Chinese expulsion occurred days later, a fact mocked as another reason Tacoma was superior to the Emerald City farther north. Racial tensions grew with the economic slump of and the rise of anti-Chinese laws up and down the West Coast. Some sympathetic locals provided food and warm water for tea for the group that crowed into the station for the next outbound train — a a.
Hundreds of angry workers methodically walked through downtown, rounding up any Chinese residents they came across as they marched to the Chinese settlement and a rallying point at Seventh and Pacific Avenue.
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Two died of exposure to the cold weather as their homes burned to the ground. They were marched to a train station in present-day Lakewood. Tacoma was no different in that respect. Many perpetrators were arrested and sent to the federal facilities in Vancouver to face charges.
The Lister Foundry whistle blew with other steam whistles at mills around the city quickly following its lead. Facebook Tweet. All Restaurants. All High School Rec League.
Americans grow up believing they can be anything they set their minds to. The white settlers blamed the Chinese for the lack of work and the low wages being offered for what scant jobs could be found.
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Hundreds of Chinese workers were killed and thousands injured in clashes in the s and s. Fearing violence, many opted for the latter — creating a forlorn march of stragglers that lasted for days.
Hundreds heeded the warning and left as fast as they could. The Chinese — some young, old, men, women and children — had just minutes to gather their worldly possessions and leave or face beatings or death.
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That effort culminated in the construction of the Chinese Reconciliation Park along Schuster Parkwaywhich opened in with future phases gathering funding. The fact is, they did — until a mob forced them out. Some townspeople, among them Ezra Meekerprotested the rising tensions, but little was done to stop the calls for violence. The train quickly filled, leaving the remaining members of this forced exodus to either wait for the next train or start walking south.
But we don't all start with the same Trending Now. Editor Picks. Expecting to be cheered for their efficiency, the expulsion organizers were surprised that their horrors were vilified by politicians and newspaper editorials around the nation. It was cold and rainy, a fact that only added to the misery.
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Knights of Labor and city officials planned through the night and early morning on how the banishment would work and set the plan into motion at a. Leaders of the Knights of Labor began meeting with city and civic leaders in the late summer and early fall of Pronouncements in the Tacoma Daily Ledgeron flyers and cries from the top of soapboxes as the fall air chilled were direct and brutal — the Chinese must leave or they will be removed. Some 2, Chinese workers laid tracks from Kalama to Tacoma in the s. That was the al. Businesses that hired Chinese workers were first forced to fire them and replace them with white or Native American employees.
Harassment of Chinese residents became constant and increasingly brutal.