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

Thursday, January 16 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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Kaprielian Hall (KAP), KAP 445
3620 South Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90089

ASE Commons presents a talk by Dr. Manu Karuka, Assistant Professor of American Studies at Barnard College

Empire’s Tracks boldly reframes the history of the transcon-tinental railroad from the perspectives of the Cheyenne, Lakota, and Pawnee Native American tribes, and the Chinese migrants who toiled on its path. In this meticulously re-searched book, Manu Karuka situates the railroad within the violent global histories of colonialism and capitalism. Through an examination of legislative, military, and business records, Karuka deftly explains the imperial foundations of U.S. political economy. Tracing the shared paths of Indige-nous and Asian American histories, this multisit-ed interdisciplinary study connects military occupation to exclusionary border policies, a linked chain spanning the heart of U.S. imperialism.

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Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus


diversity, Dornsife, American Studies and Ethnicity, humanities, history

American Studies and Ethnicity
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