Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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On November 4, 1924, the voters of Nevada amended the state constitution to bar foreigners from owning land. A mere twenty-two votes decided the outcome of the election. This was the first step toward the passage of an ineligible alien land law that would have prevented land ownership by Japanese or persons of any other nationality deemed ineligible for United States citizenship by Congress. For reasons not completely understood, Nevada's lawmakers never passed further anti-Japanese legislation. This study examines Japanese immigration and the growth of anti-Japanese agitation across the American West, and specifically in California, between 1885 and 1924 in order to understand how this influenced the decision of the Nevada Legislature to try to institute racially discriminatory legislation.
Alien; Asians; Ineligible; Land; Laws; Nevada; Odd; Peril; Response Western; Yellow
Ethnology--Study and teaching
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Muckey, Lance David, "Nevada's odd response to the "Yellow Peril": Asians and the Western ineligible alien land laws" (2004). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1690.