傳 / Pass
Brigham Young hoped passing trains would enliven trade, while Congress hoped trade would pass polygamy from existence. Stanford didn’t think the Chinese could pass muster, then used them to pass up the Irish, after which he wanted Chinese out, passed over by law to keep them from passing for white. The work passed to Japanese, who were put in camps, then on to Mexicans, Navajo, Italians, Poles, Greeks, Swedes, each man passed into and out of some approximation of American. “We cannot help but be benefitted by it,” wrote Brigham Young. A bond paid down per mile of track, Congress had to pass an act to make the companies stop. It’s in the past, but once these barons didn’t plan to meet: they planned to win. Each side built right on past each other.