Thousands of chinese immigrants arrived in the western united states to work in mines following the california gold rush in 1848, and later, many were hired to construct the transcontinental. The chinese exclusion act was a united states federal law signed by president chester a arthur on may 6, such as the building of the first transcontinental railroad showing a chinese man being barred entry to the golden gate of liberty. Chinese worked on shorter railroad lines before construction of the transcontinental, such as the san francisco and san jose railroad company (now known as caltrain) completed in 1863. Race in transcontinental railroad back next they built the great wall of china, didn't they although the central pacific railroad was dreamed up, planned out, and financed by a small group of wealthy, white men whose names are well known to history, it was built by the chinese. Railroad history by richard jensen, retired professor of history, university of illinois chicago paul m the central pacific railroad and exploitation of chinese labor journal of ethnic studies 1985 13(2): 119-124 issn: 0091-3219 the men who built the transcontinental railroad 1863-1869 (2000) read chapter 1.
In the building of the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s, this railroad company began construction in california and built to the east, using a large labor force mostly made up of chinese immigrants. The chinese and the transcontinental railroad robert chugg click an image to read its caption in return for the dedication and hard work of the diligent chinese laborers, an eight man chinese crew was transcontinental railroad hence chinese participation is prominent in. This year is the 150th anniversary of the central pacific railroad reaching reno from reno, the track was laid across the entire state and connected the towns of verdi, reno, sparks, winnemucca.
Transcontinental railroad chinese immigrants in the 19th century worked as laborers, particularly on the transcontinental railroad, such as the central pacific railroad they also worked as laborers in the mining industry, and suffered racial discrimination at every level of society. In early california, thousands of chinese immigrants were employed by the railroads to do the toughest work george rinhart / getty images the transcontinental railroad was a dream of a country set on the concept of manifest destiny in 1869, the dream was made a reality at promontory point, utah. This iconic photograph records the celebration marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad at promontory summit, utah, on may 10, 1869, when leland stanford, a cofounder of the central pacific railroad, connected the eastern and western sections of the road with a golden spike. The linda hall library transcontinental railroad website was created with generous support from the bnsf (burlington northern santa fe) foundation the site offers visitors a brief history of the building of the transcontinental railroad as well as information on the history and technology of 19th century railroads. When the railroad was completed on may 10, 1869, an eight man chinese crew was selected to place the last section of rail – a symbol to honor the dedication and hard work of these laborers a few of the speakers mentioned the invaluable contributions of the chinese.
My name is america is a series of historical novels for older boys (ages 9-12) published by scholastic press each book is written in the form of a journal of a fictional young man's life during an important event or time period in american history. This book provided a unique look at the day-to-day life of railroad workers while building the transcontinental railroad the main character was believable and his relationships with his father and brother managed to evolve quite a bit for such a short book. The untold story of the chinese immigrant experience during the construction of the transcontinental railroad for more hell on wheels videos:. He could create a university because of the chinese workers who built the railroad remarkably little is known of the 12,000 chinese migrants who came to build the railways in the 1860s.
Gretchen schafer's 1871 diary: travel on the transcontinental railroad here is a short diary (translated from german recently) from 1871 describing the journey to washington territory [including travel to san francisco over the entire length of the union pacific and central pacific railroads. The pacific railway a brief history of building the transcontinental railroad before the advent of the transcontinental railroad , a journey across the continent to the western states meant a dangerous six month trek over rivers, deserts, and mountains. Western railroad songs with historical narration - fifty songs that describe the planning and construction of the five transcontinental railroads, the builders, the railroaders, railroad events, characters, scandal and corruption.
Chinese railroad workers mural san francisco/chinatown-north beach - a mural by amy nelder depicting the early chinese workers who settled the area in the 1870s to work on the transcontinental railroad unfortunately, they were often the target of racism, ignorance, and intolerance. Daily life of a worker during the transcontinental railroad by: makeeda winkle and cooper lentz jobs and conditions other than work on constructing the raiload, some chinese were imported as cooks, house boys, gardeners, and laundrymen.
The chinese historical society of america (chsa) museum introduces our work of giants: chinese railroad worker projectthis initiative was launched in 2014 on the occasion of the 145th anniversary of the completion of the united states’ first transcontinental railroad. Sue lee, with the chinese historical society of america, said, this is an attempt to educate people about the importance of the transcontinental, that it joined the country, that it provided a. The ceremony at promontory culminated with governor stanford of california (representing the central pacific railroad) and thomas durant (president of the union pacific railroad) taking turns pounding a golden spike into the final tie that united the railroad's east and west sections. Eminent historian ambrose notes that he once viewed the investors and businessmen who built the transcontinental railroad as robber barons who bilked the government and the public.