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Chinese Laundrymen: Macon, Georgia 1884-1956

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A history of Chinese immigrants, all bachelors except one, who settled in Macon, Georgia, where they all ran laundries starting as early as 1884. All were gone by the late 1920s, except for the only one who had a wife and children, and by 1956, they had departed leaving Macon with no Chinese residents. Why did these Chinese come to the Deep South where they were so culturally isolated during a time when extreme racial prejudices existed throughout the region? What were their lives like and how did the Macon community regard them?

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