Item: Amusing the Child

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Record Number: 11830
Box/Case: 5
Folder: 2
Artist: Keller, George Frederick, 1846-
Depicted: Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886
Publisher: E. C. MacFarlane & Co.
Repository: Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Date of Original: May 19 1882
Original Format: Political cartoons, Prints › Lithographs › Chromolithographs, Clippings
Dimensions: Dimensions of image, 26 by 34.5 cm
Image description: In the political cartoon, President Chester Alan Arthur is dressed like a grandmother. He wears a bonnet, holds a "U.S. Congress" cup and blows "great expectations" and "hope" bubbles from his "Chinese Bill" pipe. Next to him, is a "Pacific Coast" baby. The baby sits on a chair which is shaped like a Chinese man. A half rat, half Chinese creature with a devil's tail threatens the crying baby. In the background there is an image of the White House.

On May 6, 1882 President Arthur signed into law the Chinese Exclusion Act. The law prohibited Chinese immigration to the US for a period of ten years. Chinese immigrants already working in the US were denied citizenship. The ban on Chinese immigration was extended several times, until it was repealed in 1943.