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Published on September 11th, 2021 | by Newt Rayburn

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An Gentleman Agreement

The agreements remained in effect until 1924, when Congress banned all immigration from Japan. [11] A similar anti-Japanese atmosphere in Canada also led to the Hayashi Lemieux Agreement, also known as the “gentlemen`s agreement of 1908,” with substantially similar clauses and effects. [12] Japan was willing to limit immigration to the United States, but was deeply violated by San Francisco`s discriminatory law specifically targeting its people. President Roosevelt, who wanted to maintain good relations with Japan to counterbalance Russian expansion in the Far East, intervened. While the U.S. ambassador reassured the Japanese government, Roosevelt in February 1907 summoned the mayor and school administration of San Francisco to the White House and convinced them to repeal the segregation order and promised that the federal government would tackle the immigration issue itself. . . .


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Newt Rayburn founded THE LOCAL VOICE in 2006. Previously, Newt was Editor of PROFANE EXISTENCE in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Art Director for Ole Miss' LIVING BLUES magazine. Newt won a National Magazine Award in 1999 for his SOUTHERN MUSIC ISSUE with THE OXFORD AMERICAN. A seventh-generation Lafayette County, Mississippian, Newt is perhaps best known as the leader of the Mississippi RocknRoll band THE COOTERS, but he also has the Country & Southern Rock group, HAWGWASH. Newt is a Photographer, Writer, and Civil War Enthusiast.



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