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Shreveport, Louisiana
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Without the teamwork of recently immigrated Irish, Chinese, German, English, Central American and African workers, the railroad could not have been built Most of the men who labored on the Great Plains and in the Rocky Mountains were Irish immigrants, young veterans of both the Union and Confederate armies, unmarried men who had few reasons to return home after Appomattox. Unceasing and dedicated to their work, Chinese immigrants worked together in teams and assumed some of the greatest risks to their lives. The construction of the railroad reflected American life: a multiplicity of different peoples came together to fulfill a common goal. Moreover, the transcontinental railroad was the last great building project constructed mostly by hand. Building across Nevada, the Central Pacific constructed half of the line, and the Union Pacific moving westward across the plains of Nebraska laid the other half. The two lines met at Promontory Point on Monday morning, May 10, 18(39. Finding information on individuals in the work force proved difficult. Workers rarely wrote letters home and even fewer kept diaries detailing their lives. Yet Stephen Ambrose, author of numerous works on World War II and the much acclaimed Undaunted Courage, depicts a compelling portrait In narrating this sweeping survey of the transcontinental railroad's history, Ambrose relies heavily on the works of such noted railroad historians such as Maury Klein, author of a two volume history of the Union Pacific. Most impressive is his skillful research into the labor history of the railroad. Using a memoir of a Chinese immigrant laborer, Ambrose reconstructs the arduous and dangerous life of blasting through mountains to build tunnels and laying the line that workers experienced. How the transcontinental railroad changed the country is another facet Ambrose unfolds. Together the transcontinental railroad and the telegraph wires that lined its tracks nurtured the American industrial revolution. It opened possibilities that few could scarcely imagine before the Civil War. The first through-car on the new railroad that carried a shipment of India tea foretold a proliferating trade and numerous imported goods that would eventually flood American markets and households. Among key areas in the world for new opportunities in trade, Asia caught the eye of American merchants. Even as entrepreneurs looked to Asia for new opportuni- 1950 E. 70th St. Shreveport J Tm. Mcx Who Bui.t iiu. . S3 , K Tkanncom LMiM.xi. RtiUm.M 1 863-1869 f Jp I 3.. ;.: Vw.' & r-. , U. ! A'-r VTZVJ fcUn.f. fi'JMJi. imi 1 null iTi Ilia Tin Bull n ir" -iilTnMrt Hi "Ti Mil TlllrTwr II TW II III ir T,0rW ft t Lose 3- 5 lbs. Per Week Increased Metabolism 1 No Calorie Counting ! 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The New York Sun introduced news of corruption and the Union Pacific Railroad with the headlines, "The King of Frauds How the Credit Mobilier Bought Its Way Through Congress." Over a full six months the House of Representatives held hearings to inquire into the workings of the Credit Mobilier, a construction company the government financed Union Pacific organized to actually build the railroad. Chief target was Oakes Ames, who as a congressman distributed Credit Mobilier stock to garner the support among wavering colleagues to support the Union Pacific's interests. Following the hearings, Congress concluded Ames had not only distributed the stock to pay off fellow congressmen but that he had blatantly lied about it. Two meek resolutions Congress passed censured Ames and his confidant James Brooks. The intense shame that came with the scandal and the censure killed Ames or rather some speculated the incident contributed to his premature death on May 8, 1873. Brooks died a week earlier. Curious as to whether or not the Central PaciOc engaged in similar fraudulent practices, Congress investigated that company, but all its books and records mysteriously burned. Hence, nothing was pinned on its leaders, the Big Four, Charles Crocker, Collis P. Huntington, Leland Stanford and Mark Hopkins. Through every page history is unfolded and not just of a railroad, but of a country its flaws, its people and its achievements. B Emilia Gay Griffith Means of Shreveport Is a member of the Red River Railroad Historical Association. She has published many articles concerning the Texas and Pacific in Texas and Louisiana. mmmm umw n.,nw J. J'l IW i inmui.,- it'll- (iLMU&WW- LET THE TRADITION CONTINUE FOR THE HOLIDAYS . . . 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