(PDF KINDLE) [Ghosts of Gold Mountain] Ü Gordon H. Chang

Ghosts of Gold MountainXplosions and fire rock slides entrapment maiming injuries that would as likely as not ultimately ill a man We can only estimate the number of deaths however Complete andor accurate records of workers don t exist The railroad united our country coast to coast but except for a scant few we don t even now who these men were the survivors or the fallenAfter the railroad was completed some of the Railroad Chinese went back to China as they d planned to do Some continued as railroad workers here in Canada and elsewhere Some remained took jobs or opened businesses and their descendants live among us However federal law immigration law prohibited anyone born in China from becoming a naturalized citizen and that law was not changed until 1943 Nothing brings today into focus as blindingly as history does and so I offer you Ghosts of Gold Mountain a thorough scholarly work and a good read as wellAvailable from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on May 7Full Disclosure A review copy of this book was provided to me by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I would like to thank the publisher the author and NetGalley for providing me this opportunity All opinions expressed herein are my own 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 1900 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 20000 Chinese laborers 90 percent of Central Pacific monumental task and featured the tireless work of an estimated 20000 Chinese laborers 90 percent of Central Pacific 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 his disposal because records were not faithfully maintained which makes his accounting even remarkable But it s all here the physical and economic struggle of completing over 1900 miles of track between Omaha Nebraska the edge of the existing eastern rail network and San Francisco BayOn May 10 1869 the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific finally came together at Promontory Utah The completed route made the transportation of goods and passengers considerably faster and less expensive Chang s book is mainly focused on the efforts of the Chinese workers who although initially considered unfit for the job due to their small stature and lack of experience proved to be stalwart builders eventually winning much praise for their attitudes and the splendid results It s interesting to note that they were not slave workers but were paid for their laborsChang s efforts here are nearly as herculean as were the Chinese workers and although somewhat familiar with the conditions under which they struggled I came away with an even greater sense of admiration for their efforts Every obstacle they faced was overcome with innovation and determination and it is a fitting tribute to their contribution that the travel time from the east was reduced from about five months to a remarkable single weekThe workers had to blast and dig their way through solid granite exist in horrendous climatic conditions endure heat dirt choking dust smoke fumes accidental explosions falling rocks and trees and freezing snow Every piece of euipment and all heavy building material had to be manually hauled and installed because of the remote location At the completion of the remarkable project the high accolades for their enormous efforts were universal and well deservedBe prepared for a couple of weeks to recover after reading this exhausting study of a monumental project This book is very awesome and very necessary yep I m a total sophisticate when it comes to writing book reviews I grew up in nowhere Nevada right on the Central RR where many Chinese Railroad workers worked back in the day during this massive undertaking to connect East to West via railroad The Chinese came over in the thousands but unfortunately there is currently very little primary source material for historians to draw upon to full tell their story This book is an attempt to fill the gap in nowledge that exists surrounding their experiences I appreciate that the book is holistic in nature I am completely interested in what people ate wore and how they entertained themselves in addition to the journey tofro the Americas Note I received an to the journey tofro the Americas Note I received an of this book courtesy of NetGalleyThroughout this work author Gordon Chang rightfully laments the current lack of firsthand accounts from any of the Chines. 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 Tim.

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Al homesTheir efforts are central to American history and deserve this recognition The first transcontinental railroad over Donner Summit and through the Nevada desert could not have been built without recognition The first transcontinental railroad over Donner Summit and through the Nevada desert could not have been built without Many Railroad Chinese would go on to be indispensable to other major railroad projects soon after the Northern Pacific the Southern Pacific the rail net in California and Oregon the Canadian Pacific Their hard work and technical skill no accident the Chinese First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who'€ve Been There knew about using gunpowder for instance they invented it would be of the highest uality It made the US economy rich and wellnitWe also read how cruelly the settlers newly arrived by new railroad treated the Railroad Chinese a reign of terror read how cruelly the settlers newly arrived by new railroad treated the Railroad Chinese a reign of terror murder that would drive them from newly build towns like Auburn and Truckee along the route and all across the West That and the immigration exclusion laws urged by Western representatives would blunt their numbers and drive many away Some Chinese did cling to the West and the book tells of their tribulations and enduranceThis book is based on meticulous research sensitively written and enthralling It is indispensable to histories of the American West its railroads its society and racial struggles Highest recommendationReviewed from an advance reading copy by Vine 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 felt about the suffering Chinese endured in nineteenth century America which has yet to be fully The grief continues long after the moments of tragedy Numbers can suggest dimensions the deeper uestion is the meaning of historical experience to the living For many especially Chinese Americans the history of the Railroad Chinese reuires 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 who Built the Transcontinental Railroad pg 233 hardcover editionWhile I initially picked this up for the book by a Asian American author suare of my local library s summer reading challenge this turned out to be a fascinating and enlightening look at a mostly forgotten part of American history I think Chang did an excellent job of hunting down what history readers might consider to be non standard evidence oral histories family stories etcetera as there appears to be no surviving firsthand documentation such as letters or diaries from the railroad workers themselves and weaving that into a compelling account of what life was probably like during the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad My one complaint was that the text was a bit dry in places but it is an excellent book nonetheless I m happy to have stumbled across it while browsing and I m happy to have read it This was a tremendous book As an historian I was impressed at the way the author approached material acknowledging that direct documentation from the railroad workers at the heart of his story is not available Ghosts of Gold Mountain uses the railroad Chinese to link together Chinese history American history the history of science and technology and many other subfields in a deeply humane narrative The western portion of the Transcontinental Railroad was built almost entirely by immigrant Chinese 20000 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 detailThere 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 workers who came willingly following opportunity However Chinese women were bought in China and sold here as prostitutes primarily for the Railroad Chinese hmmm the sex trade as old as time and still with us today unfortunatelyAll the work was done by hand men with hand tools wheelbarrows black powder a Chinese invention horse carts and supply trains as the tracks extended Teams of three men using an eight pound sledge hammer and a pole with crude bit end could tap roughly three blasting holes a day mile after mile for roadbeds and tunnels Avalanches Rty 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 ind 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. Stanford University Sinologist Gordon H Chang has taken a bit of history That Most Of Us most of us 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 realityChang 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 faced
Upon Arrival And After 
arrival and after 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 provide the gateway to learn about the struggles and celebrations experienced by the men who worked so hardThis was not a leisurely beach read by any stretch of the imagination The lengthy bibliography and endnotes bear testimony that this is a scholarly work Still I think it s an important read that teaches a lot about prejudice and demonstrates to today s reader how much work there remains to be done 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 lengthThe 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 period There just wasn t enough meat on the bone for me It seemed like there was a good story here which he told just not to the length and with the repetition Chang provided I only slightly new 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 April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers 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 May 2019 is the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike ceremony so it s fitting for this groundbreaking new book one which tells the story of the Railroad Chinese as the author calls them in detail for the first time To build the transcontinental railroad to bind the nation east and west after a war dividing it north and south the Pacific end of the venture the Central Pacific RR building eastward from Sacramento needed workers The nearest source of labor was ChinaThis is the first railroad history that tells of the roughly 20000 Chinese workers who built the Central Pacific RR The author is a Stanford history professor who presided over the project to research these workers using English and Chinese language materials both in the US and in China He tells of the workers origins in the Guangdong region of southeast China near Hong Kong their ways of life and their culture and their striving Their voyages to California their early construction work their economic and contractual infrastructure in San Francisco all this is in rich detail researched through ship manifests immigration and business records of the Chinese community as well as the farm and provisioning economy they built to feed their workers We now have at least a few names of the people who did this people nameless in history till nowThis is a record of the skill courage tenacity and hard work of these workers It s a heroic story they had to dig by hand and by explosives through the snow laden and granite mountains over Donner Summit under terrible winter conditions and dangerous terrain Prof Chang s researchers did considerable research of archaeological digs at work camps along the RR route as well as from ship manifests and business records regarding the Chinese community the immigrants and their provisioning the railroad workers More and we see poignant stories of the dead at least 1200 by most accounts and the efforts to get their bodies home for proper burial lest they be hungry ghosts wandering a land far from their ancestr. “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 JournalWINNER OF THE ASIANPACIFIC AMERICAN LIBRARIANS AWARD FOR LITERATURE WINNER OF THE CHINESE AMERICAN LIBRARIANS ASSOCIATION BEST BOOK AWARD 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 pove.


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