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"Empire's Tracks" reframes the history of the Transcontinental Railroad

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  On this edition of Your Call, we’ll rebroadcast our conversation with Manu Karuka, author of Empire’s Tracks

The book tells the story of the transcontinental railroad from the perspectives of the Cheyenne, Lakota, and Pawnee tribes, and Chinese workers. He includes the context of violent histories of colonialism and capitalism around the world, and links military occupation to exclusionary border policies. How do these perspectives change the narrative of US history?

Guest:

Manu Karuka, assistant professor of American Studies at Barnard College, and author of Empire’s Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad

Web Resources:

KPIX: San Francisco Museum Exhibition Shines New Light on Dark Side of Progress

California Historical Society: Empire's Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad