The year 2019 marks the sesquicentennial of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. On May 10, 1869, a golden spike was driven into Promontory Summit in Utah to mark the point where the western and eastern tracks finally came together.

This industrial achievement permanently reshaped the nation. Countless visionaries, engineers, surveyors and laborers contributed to the process, including thousands of unsung Chinese migrants.

The previously untold stories of Chinese railroad workers form the basis of the new book “The Chinese and the Iron Road: Building the Transcontinental Railroad” by Dr. Gordon H. Chang, professor of American history and director for the Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford University.

Chang will present the first-ever Judith and Marshall Meyer Lecture on China at The Community Library next Tuesday, June 18, at 6 p.m.

His research provides insight into how this often-neglected and marginalized group of workers helped change the course of American history.

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