Blood and Iron: Building the Railroad, Lee Heen-gwong, British Columbia, 1882 Paul Yee

ISBN: 9780545985932

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Blood and Iron: Building the Railroad, Lee Heen-gwong, British Columbia, 1882  by  Paul Yee

Blood and Iron: Building the Railroad, Lee Heen-gwong, British Columbia, 1882 by Paul Yee
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I Am Canada Adventure. Duty. Danger. Fear. Canadas past comes alive through the eyes of young men caught up in the danger, drama and excitement of defining historical events. Written by some of Canadas finest authors, I Am Canada is a new seriesMoreI Am Canada Adventure.

Duty. Danger. Fear. Canadas past comes alive through the eyes of young men caught up in the danger, drama and excitement of defining historical events. Written by some of Canadas finest authors, I Am Canada is a new series that offers riveting action-packed stories sure to engage and inspire young readers. From the creators of the bestselling Dear Canada series, the I Am Canada books will include an images and documents section, map, glossary, historical notes and About the Author pages. The facts are vetted by some of Canadas best historians Blood and Iron By Paul Yee The incredible sacrifices made by Chinese workers building the transcontinental railway are revealed in this powerful new novel.

Heens father and grandfather have brought their family in China to the brink of ruin by gambling away their earnings. To solve their money troubles, Heen and his father come to Canada to build the railroad - a decision plagued by challenges and desperation. The living conditions provided for workers are wretched and work on the railroad is excruciating. Transporting tons of gravel and working in tunnels about to be dynamited proves to be deadly for many of Heens co-workers. The friction between the Chinese workers and the whites, who barely acknowledge these deaths, soon reaches a fevered pitch.

Heens chilling observations of the injustice and peril heaped upon the workers serve as an important testament to this dramatic era in Canadian history.



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