Ghosts of Gold Mountain
Ghosts of Gold Mountain
The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad

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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, 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 America.”—The New York Times

Title Ghosts of Gold Mountain
Subtitle The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Title First Published 07 May 2019
Format Hardcover
Nb of pages
ISBN-10 1328618579
ISBN-13 9781328618573
Publication Date 07 May 2019
Weight 32 oz.

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