Tacoma riot of 1885


Tacoma riot of 1885

The Tacoma riot of 1885 took place in the present day U.S. state of Washington, which was a territory at the time. It involved mobs expelling Chinese immigrants from the city of Tacoma, Washington. The riots in Tacoma were part of a broader wave of anti-Chinese violence in the American west during 1885 and 1886.

The Knights of Labor stepped up their anti-Chinese rhetoric and focused attention anew on Tacoma, Washington." [http://www.washington.edu/uwired/outreach/cspn/Website/Course%20Index/Lessons/15/15.html Lesson Fifteen: Industrialization, Class, and Race: Chinese and the Anti-Chinese Movement in the Late 19th-Century Northwest] ," History of Washington State & the Pacific Northwest, Center for Study of the Pacific Northwest, University of Washington. Retrieved 12 March 2007.] In October 1885, protesters in Tacoma announced that all Chinese in the city would have to leave by November. In early November, a mob of whites, led by the Tacoma Mayor Jacob Robert Weisbach and backed by the Tacoma Police, moved into Chinatown and ordered that the residents leave the city.Long, Priscilla. " [http://www.historylink.org/essays/output.cfm?file_id=2745 Tacoma expels the entire Chinese community on November 3, 1885] ," "The Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History", 17 January, 2003. Retrieved 12 March, 2007.] The mob marched the Chinese to a railroad station and stuck them on a train to Portland. In Tacoma, few citizens resisted the mob action as Chinese hatred was widespread.

ee also

*Anti-Chinese violence in Oregon
*Anti-Chinese violence in Washington
*Chinese Massacre Cove
*Issaquah riot of 1885
*Rock Springs Massacre
*Seattle riot of 1886

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