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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Next generations tell the buried tales of Chinese Northwesterners

An engraving published in Harper's Weekly in March 1886 depicts scenes from anti-Chinese riots in Seattle in the fall of 1885. Led by the Knights of Labor against Chinese laborers who worked in factories, mills and lumber camps for less money than their white counterparts, the mob drove many of the Chinese to the waterfront and forced them onto ships and out of the city. As violence escalated, the territorial government dispatched Home Guards and declared martial law.