July 17's Fact of the Week: Rock Springs Massacre

The Rock Springs Massacre, also known as the Rock Springs Riot, occurred on September 2, 1885. The riot which involved Chinese immigrant miners and white immigrant miners, was the result of racial tensions and an ongoing labor dispute over the policy of paying Chinese miners lower wages than white miners. As a result of the policy, Chinese miners were hired over white miners, which further angered the white miners. While these were all factors that contributed to the riot, racial tensions were an even bigger factor in the riots. The rioters burned 75  Chinese homes, and at least 28 Chinese miners were dead, with 15 injured.