China Men - Alaska China Men Summary & Analysis

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Alaska China Men Summary

Some Chinese men traveled to Alaska to prospect for gold. Caucasian prospectors determined that the Chinese must be driven out because, ostensibly, they found with the indigenous Indian population. In July of 1885 all Chinese, about 100, were forced out at gunpoint. They were loaded onto a boat and transported to Puget Sound, where they were put ashore. Many immediately returned to Alaska, where they are rumored to have scabbed for the Treadwell Mining Company. In July of 1886, the Alaska 'Driving Out' was repeated at gunpoint. However, this time, the Chinese were packed into an old derelict ship and set adrift without food or water. They were reportedly rescued by another ship and requested a return trip to Alaska.

Only one Chinese worker was not driven out. China Joe was rumored to be a baker, who had given away free bread during a food shortage...

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