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The Resource Ghosts of Gold Mountain : the epic story of the Chinese who built the transcontinental railroad, Gordon H. Chang

Ghosts of Gold Mountain : the epic story of the Chinese who built the transcontinental railroad, Gordon H. Chang

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Ghosts of Gold Mountain : the epic story of the Chinese who built the transcontinental railroad
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Ghosts of Gold Mountain
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the epic story of the Chinese who built the transcontinental railroad
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Gordon H. Chang
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Language
eng
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  • "A groundbreaking, breathtaking history of the Chinese workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad, helping to forge modern America only to disappear into the shadows of history until now"--
  • "The long-lost tale of the Chinese workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad, helping to forge modern America only to disappear into the shadows of history. In 1864, as the Civil War still raged, throngs of Chinese migrants began to converge on the enormous western worksite of the Transcontinental Railroad. Over the next five years, they blasted tunnels through the granite cliffs of the Sierra Nevada and laid tracks across the burning Nevada and Utah deserts. As many as twelve hundred lost their lives along the route. Those who survived would suffer a different kind of death: a historical one, as they were pushed first to the margins of American life and then to the fringes of public memory. Of the twenty thousand Chinese laborers who toiled on the western portion of the Transcontinental, not one is named in histories of the railroad. Many were literate, yet not a scrap of their writing remains. In this groundbreaking book, award-winning historian Gordon H. Chang recovers the stories of these "silent spikes" and returns them to their rightful place in our national saga. Drawing on recent archeological findings, as well as payroll records, ship manifests, photographs, and other sources from American and Chinese archives, Chang retraces the laborers' odyssey in breathtaking detail. He introduces individual workers, describes their hopes and fears, and shows how they lived, ate, fought, loved, worked, and worshiped. Their sweat and blood not only fueled the ascent of an interlinked, industrial United States, but also laid the groundwork for a thriving Chinese America. A magisterial feat of scholarship and storytelling, Ghosts of Gold Mountain honors these immigrants' sacrifice and ingenuity, and celebrates their role in this defining American achievement."--Dust jacket
  • In 1864, as the Civil War still raged, throngs of Chinese migrants began to converge on the enormous western worksite of the Transcontinental Railroad. Over the next five years, they blasted tunnels through the granite cliffs of the Sierra Nevada and laid tracks across the burning Nevada and Utah deserts. As many as twelve hundred lost their lives along the route. Those who survived would suffer a different kind of death: a historical one. Chang retraces the laborers' odyssey, showing how they lived, ate, fought, loved, worked, and worshiped. -- adapted from jacket
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Chang, Gordon H
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331.6/251097809034
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HD8039.R3152
LC item number
C524 2019
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Central Pacific Railroad Company
  • Railroad construction workers
  • Foreign workers, Chinese
  • China
  • Chinese
  • West (U.S.)
  • Central Pacific Railroad Company
  • TRANSPORTATION / Railroads / History
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies
  • Chinese
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Employees
  • Foreign workers, Chinese
  • Railroad construction workers
  • China
  • United States, West
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Ghosts of Gold Mountain : the epic story of the Chinese who built the transcontinental railroad, Gordon H. Chang
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Guangdong -- Gold Mountain -- Central Pacific -- Foothills -- The High Sierra -- The Summit -- The strike -- Truckee -- The Golden Spike -- Beyond Promontory
Control code
1045463863
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
312 pages
Isbn
9781328618573
Lccn
2018042558
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1045463863
Label
Ghosts of Gold Mountain : the epic story of the Chinese who built the transcontinental railroad, Gordon H. Chang
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Guangdong -- Gold Mountain -- Central Pacific -- Foothills -- The High Sierra -- The Summit -- The strike -- Truckee -- The Golden Spike -- Beyond Promontory
Control code
1045463863
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
312 pages
Isbn
9781328618573
Lccn
2018042558
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1045463863

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