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Labour Day

September 01, 2014 | by

I hope everyone is enjoying the last long weekend of the summer (sobbing)!

I just wanted us all to remember that Labour Day has a long and important history, and make a quick reading suggestion for you, based on an interesting fact I dug up somewhere recently:

Between 1880 and 1882, 17,000 labourers were brought from China to build the Canadian
Pacific Railway’s passage through the Rockies. 4,000 died during the building of
this section.

For an excellent exploration of Chinese Canadians working on the railways, check out David H.T. Wong’s Escape to Gold Mountain.

Escape to Gold Mountain
A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America
by Wong, David H.T. (10/01/12)
9781551524764 | Arsenal Pulp Press | UTP
Paperback | Price: $19.95



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