Scott Zesch

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The Chinatown War: Chinese Los Angeles and the Massacre of 1871 by Scott Zesch

Book Review: The Chinatown War: Chinese Los Angeles and the Massacre of 1871 by Scott Zesch

As the 1860’s ended, the steadily growing numbers of Chinese immigrants led to fears that eventually their numbers would outstrip those of California’s white population. And the Chinese themselves became more “Americanized” in their response to insults, assaults and robbery attempts. As attacks by Anglos and Latinos escalated and as factional fighting grew in their own ranks, Chinese in California increasingly armed themselves with Colt 45s. Increasingly, they began to shoot back.