Page Act of 1875


Page Act of 1875

Page Act of 1875 (ch. 141, USStat|18|477, March 31875) was enacted by the United States Congress to deal with immigrants from China and Japan. The law required migrants from Oriental countries be processed at the port of departure by representatives of U.S. Consulates. Those whom are found to be "obnoxious" were denied departure rights to America.

Although this law was ostensibly paternalistic - to prevent the entry of both prostitutes and forced "Coolie" laborers, it also substantially reduced the opportunities for all "oriental" women to enter the United States, with adverse consequences for the wives of immigrants already in the country.

References

* [http://w3.uchastings.edu/wingate/pageact.htm Full text of 1875 Page Law] , via University of California Hastings College of the Law
* [http://w3.uchastings.edu/wingate/wingate.htm Guide to Internet Resources on Racism, Race, and American Law]


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