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History

Dr. Ryan Dearinger presentation

Guest Speaker
Dr. Ryan Dearinger,  Associate Professor
Eastern Oregon University

His recent book The Filth of Progress:  Immigrants, Americans, and the Building of Canals and Railroads in the West  salvages stories often omitted from the triumphant narrative of American progress by focusing on the suffering and survival of the workers who were treated as outsiders. Historian Ryan Dearinger examines the moving frontiers of canal and railroad construction workers in the tumultuous years of American expansion, from the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825 to the joining of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads in 1869. He tells the story of the immigrants and Americans---the Irish, Chinese, Mormons, and native-born citizens---whose labor created the West's infrastructure and turned the nation's dream of a continental empire into a reality.

Please come join us for a reception and refreshemnts at 5:00PM in the Lang & Lit lounge-room 106A followed by his lecture at 5:30PM in Lang & Lit room 243.

Hope to see you all there!

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