Robin Lindley

Robin Lindley is a Seattle writer and attorney, and he is the features editor for the History News Network ( A version of this article appeared on HNN. His email:

Books: The Forgotten, Shameful Story of the Chinese Who Built the Western Railways

They laid rail in blistering desert heat and spent brutal winters digging and blasting tunnels in the treacherous Sierra Nevada Mountains. And they were segregated, mocked, beaten, robbed, and murdered.