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The Chinese Workers’ Experience Building the Transcontinental Railroad

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Less than 30 minutes

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California State Railroad Museum

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Free

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The Chinese rail workers were vital to the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad and more than 10,000 Chinese men were hired to build a railroad over the difficult terrain of the Sierra Nevada. Explore the history of the difficult and dangerous work these men completed, as well as the discrimination and racism the Chinese faced in California since the time of the Gold Rush.

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Virtual, Solo Activity

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