Chinese immigrant workers were brought to the U.S. to build the western tracks of the railroad. They had to use Nitroglycerin, a highly unstable liquid explosive, to make the tunnels for the railroads.
After the railroad was done, many Chinese immigrants stayed. But White Americans wanted to get rid of them. They would kill and treat the Chinese unfairly.
All these China men are taking our jobs!
Yeah! They should go back to were they came from!
In the 1870s, California made it illegal to hire a Chinese worker.
We Don't Hire Chinese
In 1882, the U.S. passed the Chinese Exclusion Act which meant they would kick out and not let Chinese immigrants in. This was the first time the U.S. excluded a group because o their race.
In 1965, the U.S. Immigration Act ended the Chinese Exclusion Act. Together, Asians, Latinos and Blacks all came together to fight for their rights!