From Steel Tracks to Gold-Paved Streets: The Italian Immigrants and the Railroad in the North Central States
Completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 spurred the construction of new rail lines throughout the upper Midwest, linking mines and factories with both coasts. From Steel Tracks to Gold-Paved Streets documents the presence of substantial numbers of Italians in the region who found work in the burgeoning railroad industry during the last decades of the nineteenth century. Over several decades, these immigrants made their mark on both the social and industrial history of the United States. This book shows how they ultimately prevailed against the forces of nature and man to create a vibrant ethnic culture within the region, and, at the same time, forged a new identity as American workers.