Us vs. Them
The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882
This case study will establish what “exclusion” in immigration law looked like, particularly in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Students will understand the selective and racist nature of quotas and their impact on the U.S. population. Reading arguments made in Congress and reflected in political cartoons, students will analyze the attitudes and beliefs about “others” undergirding restrictive immigration policies.