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The workforce that built America’s railroadsBooks of revisionist history are abundant, often a long-overdue re-evaluation of our national character.

Enter “Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese who Built the Transcontinental Railroad,” by Gordon H. Chang.

Chang, a Stanford University professor of American history, isn’t a one-trick pony, however.

“I have written and continue to publish in the areas of U.S. diplomacy, America-China relations, the Chinese diaspora, Asian American history and global history,” he says.

And while the transcontinental railroad is a well-covered chapter in the story of the American West, its workforce is undervalued, he says.

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