Working on the Railroad: Chinese Workers & America’s First Transcontinental Line | Gordon H. Chang
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This talk draws on years of research by Chang, the Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities at Stanford University, and presents the most documented account of the Chinese workers’ history of completing the Transcontinental rail line.
From 1864 to 1869, thousands of Chinese workers toiled to complete the western portion of the Transcontinental rail line. They worked through the formidable terrain of the High Sierra. They bore tunnels through granite, worked continuously through treacherous winters in the mountains, laid down track at a record pace through the Great Basin, and set the last rails before the driving of the golden spike at Promontory Summit, Utah. This talk draws on years of research by Chang, the Olive H.View more
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