Bob Swartout describes how he arrived at Carroll College in Helena, Montana and the history of Chinese immigration in the American West. He details how the Montana Gold Rush of the 1860s drew Chinese immigrants to Montana and the immigrants’ vital role in the mining of other metals and the construction of westbound railroads. Swartout describes the difficulties that Chinese immigrants faced in America, the communities and businesses they built, and the political relationship between the United States and China, including the Chinese Exclusion Act, the Geary Act, and the Immigration Act of 1924.
From Far East to Old West Oral History Project, OH 436
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2 sound cassettes (01:00:00 min. each): analog + 1 transcript (37pp.: 28 cm.)
Swartout, Bob, "Bob Swartout Interview, July 21, 1998" (1998). From Far East to Old West Oral History Project. 8.