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The 1907 Bellingham Riots

News Coverage

1907-2007

The events of the 1907 riots in Bellingham are largely known to us through press accounts of the time. Bellingham was home to several newspapers, including the Bellingham Herald and the American Reveille, and reports of the riot, often varying wildly in their accuracy, were sent all over the world. One faulty report appearing in the New York Times prompted the mayor to demand a retraction. While the reports recount the events in some detail, they are also very biased, as the papers were sympathetic to the rioter’s demands. The racism of the news reports is so flagrant, in fact, that one paper, the Bellingham Herald issued an apology in 2007 to mark the 100th anniversary of the riots.

What follows below is a select list of headlines, with links to articles and photos of their respective papers, from 1907, as well as commemorative articles that appeared in Bellingham’s press in 2007. Special thanks to the Asian American Curriculum & Research Project for many of the following links.


29-Aug Bellingham Herald Hindus Send Money to Native Land
5-Sep American Reveille  Mob Raids Hindus and Drives Them From City 
5-Sep Bellingham Herald Hindus Hounded From City
5-Sep Bellingham Herald Millmen Will Fight for Rights
5-Sep Bellingham Herald Committee to Investigate Causes
5-Sep Bellingham Herald Scared Hindus in Hurry to Go
5-Sep Bellingham Herald Hindus March Back to Mills Under Guard
5-Sep Bellingham Herald Editorial: A Public Disgrace
6-Sep American Reveille  Riot is quickly quelled
6-Sep American Reveille  Exclusion League demands a check
6-Sep American Reveille  Four alleged rioters arrested on warrants
6-Sep American Reveille  Hindus cheered as they depart
6-Sep American Reveille  Industrial workers condemn lawlessness
6-Sep American Reveille  Quarters of Hindus extremely filthy
6-Sep American Reveille  The Hindus Have Left Us
6-Sep Bellingham Herald Dwellings of Hindus are Dens of Dirt
6-Sep Bellingham Herald  Orientals Will All Leave City
6-Sep Bellingham Herald  Hindus Afraid to Work at Mills
6-Sep New York Times  Mob Drives Out Hindus
7-Sep American Reveille  Bellingham Sees Last of the Hindus
7-Sep American Reveille  Chinese Driven Out of City in 1885
7-Sep Bellingham Herald Investigation is Commenced
7-Sep Bellingham Herald Hindus are not wanted in Canada
7-Sep Bellingham Herald Riot Deplored by Exclusion League
7-Sep Bellingham Herald Editorial: The Benighted Hindu
7-Sep New York Times Bryce Sure to Act on Hindu Expulsion
8-Sep American Reveille Japanese Women Obstacle to Holiness
8-Sep American Reveille Vancouver Laborers Mob Chinamen
9-Sep Bellingham Herald Denunciations Hurled From Pulpits
9-Sep Bellingham Herald Everett Hindus Ask for Police Protection
9-Sep Bellingham Herald Anti-Asiatic Meeting Sunday
9-Sep Bellingham Herald Press Comments on Anti-Hindu Riots
10-Sep Bellingham Herald  Bellingham Japs Hold Mass Meeting 
10-Sep Bellingham Herald  Millowners Censured for Importing Hindus 
11-Sep Bellingham Herald  Horde of Hindus Landing At Vancouver 
12-Sep American Reveille Japanese still fear serious outbreak
12-Sep American Reveille Hindus Are Not Blacks, But Aryans
12-Sep American Reveille Vancouver will ship Hindus to Canada
12-Sep American Reveille Hindus and Whites Clash at Aberdeen
12-Sep Bellingham Herald Editorial: The Race Question
13-Sep American Reveille Chinamen Mob Yankee
13-Sep American Reveille  Trades council opposed to riots
13-Sep American Reveille  Irishman rebels at Japanese foreman
13-Sep Bellingham Herald  Japs Huddle in Their Rooms While Labor Council Meets
13-Sep Seattle Republican  Editorial: Always Ready to Riot
14-Sep American Reveille  Japs Ask Mayor for 200 Extra Policemen 
14-Sep Bellingham Herald  Hundreds Will Attend Mass Meeting
14-Sep Bellingham Herald  Letter to the Editor: Shall We Raise Exclusion Wall?
15-Sep American Reveille  Asian exclusion to be urged
16-Sep Bellingham Herald Hindu Hoodoo Feared by Japs
16-Sep Bellingham Herald Industrial War is Waged
21-Sep American Reveille Riot Cases are Dismissed
2-Oct Bellingham Herald Hindus Warned to Leave Everett
9-Oct Bellingham Herald Editorial: The Chief and the Hindus
12-Oct Collier's The Japanese and the Pacific Coast
4-Nov Everett Herald Hindus Are Leaving City
29-Aug Cascadia Weekly  Dark Century: Observing the Anniversary of Anti-Sikh Riots
30-Aug Whatcom Independent  Guest Editorial: The need for healing and reconciliation
2-Sep Bellingham Herald  1907 Bellingham mob forced East Indian workers from town
2-Sep Bellingham Herald  City, country will mark 'day of healing' Tuesday
2-Sep Bellingham Herald  Editorial: 100 years after riot coverage: our apology
3-Sep Bellingham Herald  1907 Bellingham riot sparked other actions against immigrants
3-Sep Bellingham Herald  New Sikh arrivals feel welcomed
3-Sep Bellingham Herald  Immigrants often face animosity, historians say
6-Sep Whatcom Independent Commemorative event draws people together