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The Tacoma riot of 1885 took place in the present day U.S. state of Washington, which was a territory at the time. It involved mobs expelling Chinese immigrants from the city of Tacoma, Washington. The riots in Tacoma were part of a broader wave of anti-Chinese violence in the American west during 1885 and 1886.

The Knights of Labor stepped up their anti-Chinese rhetoric and focused attention anew on Tacoma, Washington.[1][2] In October 1885, protesters in Tacoma announced that all Chinese in the city would have to leave by November. In early November, a mob of whites, led by the Tacoma Mayor Jacob Robert Weisbach and backed by the Tacoma Police, moved into Chinatown and ordered that the residents leave the city.[1] The mob marched the Chinese to a railroad station and stuck them on a train to Portland. In Tacoma, few citizens resisted the mob action as Chinese hatred was widespread.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Long, Priscilla. "Tacoma expels the entire Chinese community on November 3, 1885," The Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History, 17 January 2003. Retrieved 12 March 2007.
  2. ^ "Lesson Fifteen: Industrialization, Class, and Race: Chinese and the Anti-Chinese Movement in the Late 19th-Century Northwest," History of Washington State & the Pacific Northwest, Center for Study of the Pacific Northwest, University of Washington. Retrieved 12 March 2007.


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