- Paperback: 181 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; First edition (March 2 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520219503
- ISBN-13: 978-0520219502
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 113 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,244,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Politics of Prejudice: The Anti-Japanese Movement in California and the Struggle for Japanese Exclusion Paperback – Mar 2 1999
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"This study covers the development of the anti-Japanese movement in California from its inception in the late nineteenth century until its 'victory' in the passage of the immigration act excluding Japanese from entering the United States in 1924. The author, a historian, has chronicled the story of the California exclusionists, groups of men and women active in California politics and society, often divided on many issues and interests but united in their desire to halt forever the coming of Japanese to American shores. The passage of the immigration legislation of 1924 brought to an end the most pressing of their demands and the Japanophobes retired temporarily only to emerge after the outbreak of the Pacific War in 1941 to demand the evacuation and incarceration of America's Japanese."--"Pacific Affairs
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"The insights offered by Roger Daniels almost four decades ago remain trenchant and incisive."―Sucheng Chan, author of This Bittersweet Soil
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It is almost like walking into a timewarp! Substitute "Japan" for "Mexico" or "Latin America" and substitute "Japanese" for "Mexican" or "illegal alien" and you'd think Professor Daniels had written this book last night! The Tancreados, the Jim Gilchrists--even the more wishy washy Schwarzenegger-types of the period are all there! (Even Fabian socialist and Lenin-admirer H.G. Wells bought into the "Yellow Peril" paranoia.) Exclusionist groups like FAIR, the Minute Men and legislation like the Sensenbrenner bill, were all present a hundred years ago! The book also covers key propagandists like the Rupert Murdoch of a century ago: William Randolph Hearst. Nothing new under the sun, eh?
This is a slight book, crammed with information. The only problems are the tiny print (for my myopic eyes) and the lengthy footnotes. Also, once in a while, Professor Daniels slips into obscure early 20th century California politics, but that said, I would purchase used copies and mail them to choice legislators. Would that work?
Trotsky was mistaken. History DOES repeat itself (for those who didn't learn from it the first time, anyway, as the ancient Greek philospher said.)