April 30, 2017

Today in History: Rock Springs Massacre


Today in History–September 2–the Library of Congress features the Rock Springs massacre, which happened on this day in 1885 when a mob of white coal miners attacked their Chinese co-workers after they refused to participate in a strike for higher wages planned by the American miners. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more primary sources about China and people of Chinese immigrants to America.

Rock Springs massacre overview

Rock Springs Massacre articles from Harper’s Weekly

Rock Springs massacre historic newspaper coverage

The massacre of the Chinese at Rock Springs, Wyoming 1885 wood engraving

Keeping account 1885 Puck cartoon

The Chinese in California, 1850-1925 (multiformat collection)

Chinese immigrants primary source set

China primary source collection

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