Event Title

The Rock Springs Massacre of 1885: Anti-Chinese Race Riots in the West

Presenter Information

Kevin Smithwood, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 223

Start Date

1-5-2014 1:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 3:30 PM

Project Type

Presentation- Restricted to Campus Access

Description

The Rock Springs Riot is an often forgotten incident in Americas past, as is the anti-Chinese racism prevalent in Gilded Age America. My presentation explores the riot, in which white miners horrifically murdered at least 28 Chinese miners in one of the worst incidents of racial violence in American history. My presentation will also put the riot in the context of racial violence labor battles following the Civil War, with a particular emphasis on a wave of anti-Chinese violence in the West following the boom in Chinese immigration in the 1860s and 1870s. I will look at how politicians and capitalists played their part in the incident and what happened in U.S.-Chinese relations in the wake of Rock Springs.

Faculty Sponsor

Elizabeth Leonard

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. History Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

809

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May 1st, 1:00 PM May 1st, 3:30 PM

The Rock Springs Massacre of 1885: Anti-Chinese Race Riots in the West

Diamond 223

The Rock Springs Riot is an often forgotten incident in Americas past, as is the anti-Chinese racism prevalent in Gilded Age America. My presentation explores the riot, in which white miners horrifically murdered at least 28 Chinese miners in one of the worst incidents of racial violence in American history. My presentation will also put the riot in the context of racial violence labor battles following the Civil War, with a particular emphasis on a wave of anti-Chinese violence in the West following the boom in Chinese immigration in the 1860s and 1870s. I will look at how politicians and capitalists played their part in the incident and what happened in U.S.-Chinese relations in the wake of Rock Springs.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/224