Anti-Chinese violence in Washington

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There were at least several incidents of anti-Chinese violence in Washington, a United States territory and later, a U.S. state, which occurred during the 19th century. Following the Rock Springs Massacre in Wyoming, a wave of anti-Chinese riots and incidents occurred in Washington in September 1885.[1] There were riots and mob actions in Issaquah (then known as Squak), Seattle and Tacoma which resulted in at least four people being killed and extensive property damage.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Gardner, A. Dudley. Wyoming and the Chinese Archived 2007-10-09 at the Wayback Machine., "Wyoming History," Western Wyoming Community College. Retrieved 12 March 2007
  2. ^ Long, Priscilla. "White and Indian hop pickers attack Chinese," The Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History, 1 July 2000. Retrieved 12 March 2007.
  3. ^ Crowley, Walt. "Anti-Chinese Activism - Seattle," The Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History, May 2, 1999. Retrieved 12 March 2007.

Further reading[edit]

  • Squire, Watson C. (1886). Report of the Governor of Washington Territory to the Secretary of the Interior: 1886. Washington: Government Printing Office. (Gov. Squire's report includes a lengthy appendix of communications related to the "anti-Chinese disturbances" of 1885–86.)