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

Friday, April 16, 2021 - 4:00 PM
Manu Karuka, Barnard College 
Empire’s Tracks reframes the history of the transcontinental railroad from the perspectives of the Cheyenne, Lakota, and Pawnee nations, and the Chinese migrants who toiled on its path, situating the railroad within the violent global histories of colonialism and capitalism. Through an interdisciplinary examination of legislative, military, and business records, this talk connects military occupation to exclusionary border policies, a linked chain spanning the heart of U.S. imperialism.