Chinatown Declared a Nuisance!
by Workingmen's Party of California (WPC)
16pp. Disbound. Dampstain along the bottom third of the document with no loss or adhesion. Now here's an unpleasant little item. It was distributed by the Workingmen's Party of California (WPC) calling for the "abatement" of Chinatown as a health menace. The Workingmen's Party had successfully elected the Rev. Isaac Kalloch mayor in 1879 on a platform to crack down on the cities' wicked ways, but was continually opposed by the established powers. The four sections of this pamphlet include an attack on the national Republican Party, the Governor of California and the legislature for their refusal to listen to o=complaints about the Chinese, a resolution to the Department of Health to have Chinatown declared a nuisance, and a speech by Mayor Kalloch in which he declares, "The Chinese must go, peacefully, if we can, forcibly, if we must." Finally, there is a description of the foul conditions within Chinatown locating opium dens, and houses of prostitution by address. Cowan p. 116.
Book Id: 26524