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Chinese Laborers and the Golden Spike, a transnational approach

Price: $90.00

Christopher Merritt, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Utah Division of State History

This workshop will engage participants in a comprehensive exploration of the contributions of Chinese laborers during the construction of the trans-continental railroad.  With the 150thanniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike commemoration in May of 2019, this workshop will offer a nuanced exploration of a familiar story.  Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the transnational push and pull factors that brought Chinese laborers to the United States, the laws regarding immigration and immigrant labor at the time and the experiences of Chinese laborers during and after the construction of the railroad.  Participants will also hear from local descendants of Chinese railroad workers and visit Promontory Summit, where the Golden Spike was driven 150 years ago. 













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