It's Labor Day, and that means millions of Americans are celebrating. Most Americans have no idea what Labor Day is, other than self-serving political speeches, hot dogs, burgers, a pool party, and the last day of a three-day holiday. Few even know that Labor Day exists to allow people to remember and honor the struggles for respect, dignity, and acceptable wages and working conditions for the rank-and-file employees.Seems a perfect time to remember and honor, then, the labors of Chinese Americans in building the railroads. Check out the Central Pacific Railroad Museum's Chinese-American Contribution to Transcontinental Railway. And you might want to check out this children's book about Chinese Americans building the railway, Coolies.
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