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Chinese Workers Hats

The Central Pacific Railroad heavily recruited Chinese immigrants to construct the Transcontinental Railroad from Sacramento, across the Sierra Nevadas, to Promontory, Utah. Chinese laborers experienced discrimination, hostile work environments, low pay, and little recognition for their immeasurable contributions to the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. These workers were often given the most back-breaking and hazardous work. Spike150 honors the untold stories and contributions of the Chinese railroad workers and their descendants, who despite these obstacles, helped build the Nation we know today.

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Additional Questions and Discussions for Your Students

  • One of the hardest jobs for railroad workers was to tunnel through the Sierra Nevada mountains.  What would you use to do this?
  • Describe a time when you had to work together to overcome a large obstacle.