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ñ Ghosts of Gold Mountain ✓ Download by Ü Gordon H. Chang Gripping Chang Has Accomplished The Seemingly Impossible He Has Written A Remarkably Rich, Human And Compelling Story Of The Railroad Chinese Peter Cozzens, Wall Street Journal 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 From Across The Sea, They Came By The Thousands, Escaping War And Poverty In Southern China To Seek Their Fortunes In America Converging On The Enormous Western Worksite Of The Transcontinental Railroad, The Migrants Spent Years Dynamiting Tunnels Through The Snow Packed Cliffs Of The Sierra Nevada And Laying Tracks Across The Burning Utah Desert Their Sweat And Blood Fueled The Ascent Of An Interlinked, Industrial United States But Those Of Them Who Survived This Perilous Effort 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 In This Groundbreaking Account, Award Winning Scholar Gordon H Chang Draws On Unprecedented Research To Recover The Chinese Railroad Workers Stories And Celebrate Their Role In Remaking America An Invaluable Correction Of A Great Historical Injustice, The Ghosts of Gold Mountain Returns These Silent Spikes To Their Rightful Place In Our National Saga The Lived Experience Of The Railroad Chinese Has Long Been Elusive Chang S Book Is A Moving Effort To Recover Their Stories And Honor Their Indispensable Contribution To The Building Of Modern AmericaThe New York Times Perhaps my expectations were a little too high for this book I thought this would provide specific detail than I ve received in reading other books about the construction of the intercontinental railroad, like Stephen Ambrose s, Nothing Like It In The World The detail here is extensive however, the addition of detail about the Chinese doesn t make the narrative flow or the book any enjoyable to read It would have made a better long read in a magazine or journal, but to me doesn t hold up in book length.
The detail is extensive the reader can tell that Mr Chang has done meticulous research to investigate this topic which if close to his heart Implied is that perhaps some of his relatives were railroad workers during this I only slightly knew of the Chinese contributions to the building of the Transcontinental Railroad This enlightening book opened my eyes, so to speak, to the enormous part played by these men, and to their sacrifices and dedication in doing so Without their efforts, the western half of the railroad would not have been completed, certainly not in any reasonable time frame This is history at its finest And, it helps me fill in some gaps in my knowledge of American history, as well as to make me appreciate and have respect for people from a foreign country who made our country a better place by their hard work and the example they set.
The western portion of the Transcontinental Railroad was built almost entirely by immigrant Chinese, 20,000 or so of them I expect most of us are vaguely aware of that, and I expect most of us are aware this was hard, dangerous work Begun in 1864, finished in 1869, this portion stretches from Sacramento across the Sierra Nevadas, to the desert scrub of Promontory Point, Utah, a distance of 690 miles This is history we think we learned in eighth grade Gordon Chang takes our tiny tidbit and returns a thoroughly human story, extensively researched and rich in detail.
There was an impression then, and I suspect now, that the Railroad Chinese were enslaved workers, but California the Gold Mountain of the title was a free state, so it was important that incoming Chinese laborers were not being traded as slaves Most of these men were contract w At issue in the controversy over the deaths of Chinese who perished during and after the construction of the Pacific Railroad is the deep anguish and anger many felt about the suffering Chinese endured in nineteenth century America, which has yet to be fully acknowledged The grief continues long after the moments of tragedy Numbers can suggest dimensions the deeper question is the meaning of historical experience to the living For many, especially Chinese Americans, the history of the Railroad Chinese requires contending with a painful, aggrieved, and unsettled past Many today who sympathize with the Railroad Chinese say that low end estimates of violent deaths of Chinese during and after the building of the railroads demean them and the blood contribution Chinese have made to America Gordon H Chang, Ghosts of Gold Mountain The Epic Story of the Chinese w Gordon H Chang has written a fascinating account of the labor and technology involved in building the Transcontinental Railroad For seven years, two railroad companies raced towards each other across some 1,900 miles of the United States, completing a link between the East and West coasts It was a monumental task and featured the tireless work of an estimated 20,000 Chinese laborers, 90 percent of Central Pacific s workforce, who toiled under brutal working conditions, particularly in the Sierra Nevada Their story is covered extensively in his Ghosts of Gold Mountain Chang is professor of humanities and history at Stanford University His work is impeccably researched with extensive notes taken from historical writings, ship manifests, payroll records, and archeological findings He admits to having little information at hi Stanford University Sinologist Gordon H Chang has taken a bit of history that most of us probably never learned and made it come alive Chinese immigrants to the United States were the major construction force of the Central Pacific Railroad, which connected with the Union Pacific at Promontory Summit Hired at sub market wages, which were still than they might have imagined earning at home, thousands of Chinese men risked their lives to make the Transcontinental Railroad a reality.
Chang gives us a look at the region in China from which most of the men hailed, as well as a look at the racism that they faced upon arrival and even after their triumphant accomplishments While there are few primary source documents available from the Railway Chinese themselves, the archaeological record and letters from Leland Stanford, Collis Huntington, Mark Hopkins, et al.
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I had known before that a lot of Chinese Immigrants came over to work on the railroads back in the 19th century What I didn t know was the extent, the hardship, and just how integral they were to the effort.
Ghosts of Gold Mountain is a pretty definitive history of the Railroad Chinese who built the Transcontinental Railroad As definitive as it can be considering there are no first hand accounts themselves from the workers It would seem that no journals, letters, etc have yet been found to hear their side of the story So we are left with historical accounts from newspapers, interviews with white Americans, and other non first person basis But despite this lack of information, Chang weaves a compelling narrative.
Imagi Note I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley Throughout this work, author Gordon Chang rightfully laments the current lack of firsthand accounts from any of the Chinese migrants who helped construct the Transcontinental Railroad However, if he hadn t called attention to this issue so plainly, I m genuinely unsure if it s something that I would have been able to pick up on That s because through drawing upon a diverse and wide range of resources and research, Chang is still able to construct an incredibly thorough and detailed picture of who the Chinese workers on the Central Pacific Line were, where they came from, and what kind lives that they lived as they help connect America from coast to coast Ghosts of Gold Mountain is nothing less than a fantastic feat of scholarship that not merely shines a spotlight onto a This was a very informative book, although clearly difficult for the author to write based on first hand accounts of the Chinese experience on building the transcontinental railroad, since there are few first hand accounts that have been preserved The author presents much of his material from inference based on similar experiences of Chinese in other situations Nonetheless, there is nothing apparent that would indicate that these inferences cannot be assumed to be correct.
The book clearly presents the case for how vastly important and for the Central Pacific, highly critical the individuals from China were to the construction of the railroad Since the CP s work force was overwhelmingly Chinese, the RR would either have not been built at all, or the trackage that the CP was able to complete versus the Union Pacific

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