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Rocklin’s Chinese-American Legacy (Part 2)

Rocklin’s Chinese-American Legacy (Part 2)
How Chinese Americans Built California and the History of Violence They Encountered

In the previous article in this series, we explored the role of California’s Chinese population in the history of the West, including the building of the Transcontinental Railroad and the development of agriculture in the Central Valley and Rocklin’s Whitney Ranch.

California’s Chinese population was instrumental to much of what made California successful, but constantly faced discrimination and prejudice. In the 1870s, these Anti-Chinese feelings would escalate into a wave of violence across the state, leading to the destruction of Rocklin’s Chinatown.