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The Chinatown WarChinese Los Angeles and the Massacre of 1871$
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Scott Zesch

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199758760

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199758760.001.0001

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The Night of Horrors

The Night of Horrors

(p.122) 7 The Night of Horrors
The Chinatown War

Scott Zesch

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the “night of horrors” that occurred in the slum neighborhood of the Calle de los Negros in Los Angeles's Chinatown on October 24, 1871. The incident began with a gunfight involving five or six Chinese toughs shooting at each other in the middle of the street. The chapter describes the encounter between responding policemen and the Chinese tong fighters, the rioting that erupted and the lynching and hanging of Ah Wing and other innocent Chinese by an angry mob of white Angelenos, and the lynch mob's siege of the Coronel building where some Chinese were holed out. Finally, it considers the aftermath of what the newspapers would soon call “Black Tuesday”.

Keywords:   gunfight, Calle de los Negros, Los Angeles, Chinatown, policemen, tong fighters, lynching, hanging, Chinese, rioting

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