Yick Wo, San Francisco laundryman Supreme Court victory

An animated documentary that clearly explains the background, issues, outcome, and legacy of the Yick Wo v. Hopkins (1886) decision that affected the fate of Chinese laundries in San Francisco, the primary occupation of Chinese at the time.


       Yick Wo was a laundryman in San Francisco who contested the outlawing of all laundries in wooden buildings as racially biased since all Chinese laundries were in wood structures. He won the case as the Supreme Court ruled in 1886 that the law violated the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment.

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