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.