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Manu Karuka

Manu Karuka is author of Empire’s Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad (University of California Press, 2019) and assistant professor of American Studies at Barnard College.

golden spike anniversary

The completion of the first transcontinental railroad 150 years ago is remembered as an iconic moment in the history of U.S. westward expansion. But there are other ways to understand the railroad’s significance, and its sharp resonance for our times.

Manu Karuka