Did Slaves Work On the U.S. Transcontinental Railroad When It Was Built In the 1860s?

No, slaves did not work on the U.S. transcontinental railroad when it was built in the 1860s.

By the time work began in the 1860s, the Civil War was already raging and slavery was on its way out.

Instead, two work crews began laying track from the two ends of the railroad line, and they met in Utah.

The laborers from the east were mostly Irish and the ones from the west, mostly Chinese.

Comments

  1. Mac says

    This is obviously a wrong answer. The railroad companies in the south owned slaves and used them to build railroads. The Chinese were used on the west coast.

  2. marcus says

    there were railroads built before the civil war. the railroads in the south were built mostly by slaves.

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