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Historian Larry Mullaly blends photographs and contemporary accounts into the story of the Chinese workers who helped bring railroads to Southern Oregon in the 1880s. Set against a social background of anti-Chinese sentiment, two major railroad companies pitted thousands of Chinese workers into the effort to join the Pacific Coast's two major railroads at the Oregon/California border. This epic, five-year struggle was among the last of the great Chinese building projects of the Far West
Larry Mullaly is a retired educator and has written extensively on western railroad topics. He is co-author of The Southern Pacific in Los Angeles, 1873-1996.
The monthly Windows in Time lunchtime lectures feature well-known writers and historians and bring alive the people, values, and events that shaped our Southern Oregon heritage. Lectures are jointly sponsored by the Southern Oregon Historical Society (SOHS) and Jackson County Library Services.
Image: Railroad workers, about 1867. Photograph: New York Public Library/Courtesy of The New York Public Library. https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jul/18/forgotten-by-society-how-chinese-migrants-built-the-transcontinental-railroad