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Historical event and the Chinese in California (Research Paper Sample)


Please submit your Research Paper here. (Please make sure it is in a word document format or PDF, I cannot open pages.)
Check off list:
1. Paper contains an argument
2. Uses 3-5 laws, court cases, customs, social practices that apply to you
3. Uses 3-5 laws, courts cases, customs, social practices that apply to your historical friend that is a different race than you
4. Situates yourself in a historical event
5. Contains in-text citations
6. Contains a bibliography or works cited page
7. Is 5-6 pages, doubled space
8. Is proof read for clarity, grammatical error, and spelling
Prite #1
For this first pre-write, I want you to think about your identity. Please answer the following questions:
1. What is my racial/ethnic background? If you are multiple racial, you might decide to pick one based on the laws that would apply to you. You don't have to decide now.
2. What is your social economic status? Yours, not your parents or your combined status with your partner. This will help determine how you are able to get to America in your story.
3. Do you follow a religion? This is important because the first colonist fled Europe because of religious persecution. Depending on what religion you practice, your experience in colonial America could be greatly impacted.
4. What is your marital status?
5. What gender do you identify with?
I want you to simply answer the questions as a list.
Prewrite #2
This week I want you to begin research what colonial laws would be applicable to you based on your identity. Please identify 3-5. Notice the time frame on all except Asian Americans end about 1880s. Please keep within this time frame.
Here is a short list of what I pulled together to help you get started.
Colonial Laws
1610- Virginia enacted first sodomy law (In 2003, US Supreme Court in Lawrence v Texas held that state sodomy laws to be unconstitutional—until then anal and oral sex was illegal in 13 states)
1629: Legal case: Thomas/sine Hall (gender/sexuality)
1642-Colony of Virginia prohibited Catholic settlers
1662- General Assembly of Virginia decides that any child born to an enslave woman will also be a slave
1662-English Law of Settlement and Removal of 1662- The most popular means for caring for the poor in early American communities using public funds included: the contract system, auction of the poor, the poorhouse, and relief in the home, or “outdoor relief.”
1664-Anti-miscegenation: Maryland prohibited marriages between whites and slaves—orders the enslavement of white women who married black men. (In 1883, Pace v Alabama, the US supreme Court unanimously rules that state level bans on interracial marriages do not violate 14th amendment)
1670- In Virginia free blacks and Native Americans who had been baptized are forbidden to buy Christian servants.
1680- Virginia’s General Assembly restricts the ability of slaves to meet at gatherings, including funerals. It becomes legal for a white person or person to kill an escaped slave who resists capture. Slaves also are forbidden to arm themselves for either offensive or defensive purposes.
1740-South Carolina Act of 1740 (fined a person 100 pounds if they taught a slave to read or write)
1782-Virginia Slave Law to Authorize the Manumission of Slaves (According to Ingolf Vogeler by 1776, there were over 60,000 free African Americans comprising about 8% of the US population. By 1810, there were 186,446)
1790- Naturalization Act
1814-Treaty of Fort Jackson- Creeks were forced to cede 23 million acres of land
1823- Johnson v McIntosh- Indians could occupy lands—but could not hold title
1830- Indian Removal Act of 1830
1850- Act for the Government and Protection of the Indians (California)
1852- Foreign Miners Tax
1855- Greaser Act
1854- People vs. Hall
1862- Ulysses S. Grant issued General Order No. 11 which expelled all Jews from Kentucky Tennessee and Mississippi.
1862- Homestead Act passed by Congress allowed squatters in the West to settle and claim vacant lands—many owned by Mexicans.
1862-Anti-Coolie Act of 1862
1865- Black Codes
1866-Vagrancy Act
1868- The Burlingame Treaty
1870-Cubic Feet Ordinance
1873- Queue Ordinance
1875-Page Law
Doctrine of Discovery
Manifest Destiny
Monroe Doctrine
pre write#3
Please answer the following questions for your research paper this week:
1. Please identify what historical event you will situate yourself in. (For example, if you identify as Mexican American, you might place yourself in the Mexican American War.)
2. Identify your historical friend that is of a different ethnic/racial background and identify 3-5 laws, court cases, customs/social practices that would apply to them.
3. Identify in the Zinn reader what primary source document(s) you are thinking about using.
Pre write# 4
Please give me your working argument here. (This is all I need this week, but below you will see an example of the essay).
Example of an argument: “The life of a typical Mexican woman during the colonial period in America was exceptionally challenging. Through the scrutiny of the concept of the cult of domesticity, Manifest Destiny, and the Greaser Law it becomes apparent that Mexican women faced a multitude of oppression much like her African American counterpart that still intimately defines her position in society today.”
You should also start drafting your paper: Here is an example of a student paper, the first paragraph is an introduction and argument and the second paragraph explains how she ends of emigrating to the United States:
Primary Source #1
Please choose from ONE set of readings from the Zinn PDF to complete your Primary Source #1 analysis:
1. Columbus and Las Casas, pgs. 29-44
2. Servitude and Rebellion, pgs. 63-77
3. Preparing the Revolution, pgs. 79-91
4. Half a Revolution, pgs. 93-113
For this assignment please complete the following:
1. Title of Chapter
2. What historical moment are the documents situated in?
3. In 2-3 paragraphs explain the general argument(s) (or purpose) of these documents. Why are these primary source documents significant to our understanding of history? **This is not a summary**
4. In 1-2 paragraphs, what is the historical legacy or how does this event impact our nation/society today? (There is always a connection because the past shapes the present.)
5. List and define key words or significant quotes (list 3-5), if using a quote, explain why you chose it. **While you are completing this portion, think about how you could use them in your Research paper**
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History Research Paper
The life of a Chinese man in colonial America was characterized by discrimination and the threat of violence, as many sought to work westwards, especially in California. The 1868 Burlingame Treaty recognized the need to ease tensions with the Chinese and gain the Chinese the right to immigrate to the U.S. freely and the Chinese citizens would be protected while in the U.S. This was a time when there was the California Gold Rush, which attracted many immigrants westwards. However, the 1882 Chinese exclusion Acts made it difficult for the Chinese to participate fully in the American society as the laws adopted limited their rights and ability to improve their economic well-being, similar to the case of Mexican men. Even among the Chinese who obtained American citizenship, they were still treated as second class. Many sought low paid menial jobs, and they had distinct cultural and ethnic identities from the majority of whites. The Chinese faced persistent discrimination, which affected them like Mexicans and Mexican Americans with the Anti Coolie Act of 1862, and the Naturalization Act of 1870, and 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, further entrenching discrimination and unfair treatment against them.
Historical event and the Chinese in California
The nineteenth-century turbulent time in China from Opium Wars to rebellions and deep famine, many people had to immigrate to various destinations including the United States with the majority of young males who sought work even if on temporary contracts. I came to learn that many were poor and had to pay for transportation, so there were entrepreneurs paid for this, and the money was deducted from the workers’ salaries. There was still widespread discrimination against the Chinese, so the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act was adopted to lock out Chinese immigrants and nationals. Even though I am a Chinese male labor and an atheist, my main aim of coming to America is to improve my economic well-being, but I also seek to learn more about Americans and their religious beliefs. One of my concerns as a single 22-year old Chinese male is that there are few female companions, but I am eager to find love.
At first, I wondered what would be my experience an unfamiliar country and around unfamiliar people, but I hoped that I would not encounter problems and my cousin had reassured me that many Chinese young men were making a similar journey. While the gold prospecting activities had reduced, there were many opportunities because of opening the new transcontinental railroad. After landing on the west coast of America, I reconnected with my cousin and went to live in San Francisco in an area where there were Chinese while some worked in the textile and tobacco industries many had been involved in the Gold Rush activities and the working on the railway repair. It was no surprise that many of the immigrants stayed in ‘neighborhoods’ where other residents came from the same place of origin.
It was in the district where there were many Chinese from the same places of origin; they were recruited from these locations served as places of hiring workers. I started working on July 1881 Such places of work in California tended to have more women, and women, children, families were absent, and many who sought work had not made arrangements to stay there permanently (Brinkley 307).
I was surprised that there were already anti- Chinese laws were passed to protect whites from Chinese competition, yet large concern on of Chinese was exaggerated arrival. The Anti-Coolie Act of 1862 was on such law that protected white laborer, who received more wages while there were taxes on the Chinese to discourage their immigration and penalize to immigrants who were miners. San Francisco had attractive job oppor...

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