The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family
Author: Lisa See
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Out of the stories heard in her childhood in Los Angeles's Chinatown and years of research, See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese-American family, a work that takes in stories of racism and romance, entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache, secret marriages and sibling rivalries, in a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world. 82 photos.
A social history of the role of the Chinese laundry on the survival of early Chinese immigrants in the U.S.during the Chinese Exclusion law period, 1882-1943, and in Canada during the years of the Head Tax, 1885-1923, and exclusion law, 1923-1947. Why and how Chinese got into the laundry business and how they had to fight discriminatory laws and competition from white-owned laundries to survive. Description of their lives, work demands, and living conditions. Reflections by a sample of children who grew up living in the backs of their laundries provide vivid first-person glimpses of the difficult lives of Chinese laundrymen and their families.
Essays on the Legal History of the Chinese in the Nineteenth-Century American West
Author: John R. Wunder
Pubpsher: University of New Mexico Press
Some half million Chinese immigrants settled in the American West in the nineteenth century. In spite of their vital contributions to the economy in gold mining, railroad construction, the founding of small businesses, and land reclamation, the Chinese were targets of systematic political discrimination and widespread violence. This legal history of the Chinese experience in the American West, based on the author’s lifetime of research in legal sources all over the West—from California to Montana to New Mexico—serves as a basic account of the legal treatment of Chinese immigrants in the West. The first two essays deal with anti-Chinese racial violence and judicial discrimination. The remainder of the book examines legal precedents and judicial doctrines derived from Chinese cases in specific western states. The Chinese, Wunder shows, used the American legal system to protect their rights and test a variety of legal doctrines, making vital contributions to the legal history of the American West.
An exciting, action filled story about one of the most notorious gunfighters in the West. He is easy tempered but can become a vicious fighter with either guns or fists when his friends are threatened. An old partner, Deak Dawson is about to lose his ranch to unscrupulous men who will murder to have their way. Jim takes them all on, with a smile, hard fists, and faster guns. In addition Hawks falls in love with a beautiful lady, but seems to antagonize her at every turn.
Release on 1988-01-11 | by Richard E. Lingenfelter
A Land of Illusion
Author: Richard E. Lingenfelter
Pubpsher: Univ of California Press
This is the history of Death Valley, where that bitter stream the Amargosa dies. It embraces the whole basin of the Amargosa from the Panamints to the Spring Mountains, from the Palmettos to the Avawatz. And it spans a century from the earliest recollections and the oldest records to that day in 1933 when much of the valley was finally set aside as a National Monument. This is the story of an illusory land, of the people it attracted and of the dreams and delusions they pursued-the story of the metals in its mountains and the salts in its sinks, of its desiccating heat and its revitalizing springs, and of all the riches of its scenery and lore-the story of Indians and horse thieves, lost argonauts and lost mine hunters, prospectors and promoters, miners and millionaires, stockholders and stock sharps, homesteaders and hermits, writers and tourists. But mostly this is the story of the illusions-the illusions of a shortcut to the gold diggings that lured the forty-niners, of inescapable deadliness that hung in the name they left behind, of lost bonanzas that grew out of the few nuggets they found, of immeasurable riches spread by hopeful prospectors and calculating con men, and of impenetrable mysteries concocted by the likes of Scotty. These and many lesser illusions are the heart of its history.
Slocum tracks down a titanic treasure trove! When a dying man begs John Slocum to deliver one half of a mysterious map to his brother in Virginia City, there’s no way he can refuse. But his honorable intentions lead him into a mother lode of trouble, with a gang of cutthroats aiming to take the map from his cold, dead hands, a pair of devious and delightful women who each want the treasure—and Slocum—for themselves, and a winner-take-all hunt for a stolen fortune. Now, Slocum must find the hoard of ill-gotten gold before he ends up full of well-aimed lead…