“The Heathen Chinese”


"I've a very sad pitiful story to tell you, Although it's a common one too... But alas! there is no work for a white man to do; They're hiring the Heathen Chinese." The singer tells of his poor family; he will join the Knights of Labor to stop the Chinese

Historical references

  • 1869 - Establishment of the Knights of Labor by Uriah S. Stephens
  • 1879 - Terence V. Powderly becomes Grand Master Workman of the Knights, opening membership to the unskilled -- and to minorities
  • 1886 - Haymarket Riot causes the decline of the Knights of Labor


  1. BrownIII 233, "The Heathen Chinese" (1 text)
  2. Roud #15777
  3. BI, Br3233


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1936 (Brown)
Found in: US(SE)