The Chinese Exclusion Act was approved on May 6, 1882. It was the first significant law restricting immigration into the United States. The Act also was a reversal in relations with China as outlined in the Burlingame Treaty.
- How was this treaty a reversal in the relationship between the United States and the Chinese governments? Use evidence from the Burlingame Treaty along with the Chinese Exclusion Act to support your response.
- How was the government going to enforce the law? What type of documentation was required?
- What rationale for the Chinese Exclusion Act can you infer from the law? Use evidence from the document.
"An act to execute certain treaty stipulations relating to the Chinese, May 6, 1882; Enrolled Acts and Resolutions of Congress," 6 May 1882. Courtesy of National Archives