Reclaiming History
Episode 1

Chinese Workers and the Transcontinental Railroad A discussion with Gordon Chang

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2019 marked 150 years since Chinese immigrants completed work on the
first transcontinental rail line that connected the East and West Coasts of
the United States. Between 1864 and 1869, thousands of Chinese
laborers were employed on the Central Pacific Railroad, which began in
Sacramento, ran through the Sierra Nevada mountain range, crossed
Nevada, and ended in Utah territory. Though their contribution to
building the country’s infrastructure was immense, few Americans knew
anything about the history.

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