Bookcover of Pigtail Ordinance
Booktitle:

Pigtail Ordinance

Alphascript Publishing (2011-01-08 )

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ISBN-13:

978-613-4-17670-5

ISBN-10:
6134176702
EAN:
9786134176705
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The Pigtail Ordinance was an 1873 law intended to force prisoners in San Francisco, California to have their hair cut within an inch of the scalp. While the law did not discriminate between races, it affected Han Chinese prisoners in particular, as it meant they would have their queue, a waist-long, braided pigtail, cut off. The proposal passed by a narrow margin through the Board of Supervisors in 1873 but was not enacted until 1876. The Pigtail Ordinance was proposed as a solution to the overcrowding of jails due to the 1870 Sanitary Ordinance, which was originally meant to prevent unsafe tenement conditions in San Francisco. When in violation of the Sanitary Ordinance, one could either pay a fine or serve a week or more in jail; for thousands of impoverished Chinese immigrants, free room and board was a welcome punishment. Ostensibly to prevent outbreaks of lice and fleas, the Supervisors began requiring that all prisoners' heads be shaved. Many equal rights advocates, however, claimed the Supervisors' true intent was to stem the tide of willing Chinese convicts.
Publishing house:
Alphascript Publishing
Website:
https://www.alphascript-publishing.com/
Edited by:
Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, John McBrewster
Number of pages:
100
Published at:
2011-01-08
Stock:
Available
Category:
History
Price:
34.00 €
Keywords:
Chinese, Sanitary, Ordinance, Alvord, Qing, Dynasty, Manchu, SANITARY

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