ICS Spring Keynote Lecture '21 - Empire’s Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad

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Speaker: Manu Karuka, Ph.D., Barnard (American Studies)

Professor Karuka will speak about his book, Empire’s Tracks (University of California Press, 2019). Empire’s Tracks boldly reframes the history of the transcontinental railroad from the perspectives of the Cheyenne, Lakota, and Pawnee Native American tribes, and the Chinese migrants who toiled on its path. Karuka situates the railroad within the violent global histories of colonialism and capitalism. Through an examination of legislative, military, and business records, Karuka deftly explains the imperial foundations of U.S. political economy. Tracing the shared paths of Indigenous and Asian American histories, this multisited interdisciplinary study connects military occupation to exclusionary border policies, a linked chain spanning the heart of U.S. imperialism.


*Open to anyone with a Duke ID. Please register with your Duke email. Thank you.


Mar 2, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)