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1885 Chinese Expulsion: Places & People
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"On November 3, 1885, a mob composed of several hundred men expelled the Chinese community of Tacoma, Washington Territory. Like other acts of anti-Chinese violence in the late nineteenth century, the expulsion was a highly-coordinated act of violence that was led by city leaders and other white residents. Writing for the Overland Monthly, George Dudley Lawson later lauded the event as the “Tacoma Method” and argued that this type of expulsion could serve as a forceful example to other cities wanting to rid their communities of Chinese inhabitants." This tour recounts the history of the expulsion and provides a broader context to the places and people associated with activities leading up to these events.


  • Tacoma (1884)

The Tacoma Method. Accessed September 24th 2020. https://www.tacomamethod.com.

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