Chinese Exclusion Act


Examine the Bedford Digital Case Study on the Chinese Exclusion Act in the Reading & Study folder. After reading the Learning Objective and Historical Background, read the primary sources. In the Case Study Discussion Board Forum, your thread must address 1 of the following questions:

  1. Using specific examples, explain which primary source from the case study is most interesting to you and why.
  2. Using specific examples, explain why James Blaine’s speech on Chinese immigration would have appealed to many Americans in the late 1870s.
  3. Using specific examples, identify 3 specific provisions from the Chinese Exclusion Act and explain what they reveal about American society in the 1880s.

Each thread must be 200–250 words and demonstrate specific knowledge of the primary sources in the case study. In addition to the thread, reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be 75–150 words. Show respect for other students’ opinions. Inappropriate language will not be tolerated and will result in a failing grade on this assignment. Your grade will be based on the quality of the content of your posts as well as the quality of your writing.

As your participate in the Case Study Discussion Board Forum, keep in mind Luke 1:1–4—“Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word have handed them down to us, it seems fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order…so that you might know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.” In these verses, we can find guidance in how to approach the study of history. Note Luke’s emphasis on sources (“eyewitnesses”), meticulous study (“having investigated everything carefully”), and pursuit of the truth (“so that you might know the exact truth”). As Christian scholars, we need to approach our subjects with integrity and base our conclusions on careful research and solid evidence.