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U.S. Rep. John Kasson (R-IA) Speech on Chinese Immigration, March 22, 1882

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This speech on Chinese immigration was presented before Congress by Iowa U.S. Representative John A. Kasson on March 22, 1882. Kasson argues in his speech against the Chinese Exclusion Act.  

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Source-Dependent Questions

  • How did Rep. Kasson’s characterization of Chinese immigrants differ from other sources, such as "How John May Dodge the Exclusion Act?" Use evidence from the source.
  • Do you feel Kasson gave a strong enough response when addressing the hypocrisy of his party? Why or why not? Support your answer with evidence from the source.
  • What arguments did Kasson put forward opposing the treaty? How do these show a departure from viewpoints of the time period?