A transcontinental railroad was the dream of President Lincoln to unite the country. Chinese workers played a critical role in the completion of what General Sherman called “the work of giants.” 12,000 Chinese workers labored on this tremendous task and yet were not recognized or included in the celebration, when the Central Pacific and Union Pacific rails were joined today on May 10. 144 years later, we work for the lasting recognition and official acknowledgment of the contribution of these Chinese workers.Look out for the launch of CHSA’s Work of Giants project on this page, exploring the story and contributions of Chinese to the building of the first transcontinental railroad. This online resource will include a timeline of events, key stories, and analysis of the struggles and ultimate success of Chinese railroad workers in realizing this most significant feat. CHSA is proud to be able to serve as an authoritative source of information on this significant chapter in American history.