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1st published words of Chinese-Americans in Gold Rush California  

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Littell's Living Age

Littell, E.


E. Littell & Company



620 pages (8vo), original blindstamped brown cloth, gilt spine titles. 

Contains a "Letter of the Chinamen to his Excellency, Gov. Bigler, April 29, 1852" written by Hab Wa and Long Achick.

 "We are not the degraded race you would make us...": Probably the first periodical appearance of the first published words written by Chinese-Americans, responding to an anti-Chinese declaration by the third Governor of  California.  It was first printed in the Sacramento Daily Union in May, reprinted in numerous American newspapers and separately issued in San Francisco as a now very-rare pamphlet,  then reprinted in Littell’s. The same volume has three 3 articles on the Chinese in America taken from American and British newspapers.

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Spine chipped and repaired; rear joint cracked; otherwise very good.

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