MEN WHO MOVED 
MOUNTAINS

RAILROADS

RAILROADS

The idea of using the Chinese 
as an exploitable labor force seemingly came to fruition when some 10,000 Chinese were 
recruited to build the first Transcontinental Railroad.

T he idea of using the Chinese

as an exploitable labor force

seemingly came to fruition

when some 10,000 Chinese were

recruited to build the first

Transcontinental Railroad.

However, the employers were 
shocked on June 24, 1867 when the Chinese laborers walked off the 
job in demand of better working conditions.

H owever, the employers were

shocked on June 24, 1867 when

the Chinese laborers walked off the

job in demand of better working

conditions.

The railroad made possible the 
growth of new cities by making transportation available.


T he railroad made


possible the growth of


new cities by making


transportation available.

It also greatly stimulated the  </P> 
development of agriculture and industry in the West.


I t also greatly

stimulated the

development of

agriculture and

industry in the

West.

And the control of the 
railroads became the key to power and political influence.


A nd the control of


the railroads became


the key to power


and political influence.

Railroad

Railroad
Railroad

But expansion of the West 
brought on new problems. Large numbers of Easterners and European immigrants were 
induced to come out West.

B ut expansion of the West

brought on new problems.

Large numbers of Easterners

and European immigrants were

induced to come out West.

The increasing number 
of white laborers came into conflict with Chinese labor.

T he increasing number


of white laborers came


into conflict with Chinese


labor.



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