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Working on the Railroad, Walking in Beauty
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For over one hundred years, Navajos have gone to work in significant numbers on Southwestern railroads. As they took on the arduous work of laying and anchoring tracks, they turned to traditional religion to anchor their lives. Jay Youngdahl, an attorney who has represented Navajo workers in claims with their railroad employers since 1992 and who more recently earned a master's in divinity from Harvard, has used oral history and archival research to write a cultural history of Navajos' work on the railroad and the roles their religious traditions play in their lives of hard labor away from home.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. viii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xxi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-26
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  1. One: Life on the Tracks
  2. pp. 27-43
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  1. Two: Religion on the Rez
  2. pp. 44-69
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  1. Three: A Visit with a Medicine Man
  2. pp. 70-81
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  1. Four: Adversaries and Advocates
  2. pp. 82-102
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  1. Five: How Did Navajo Men Come to Work for the Railroads?
  2. pp. 103-122
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  1. Six: Railroads, Trading Posts, and a Fatal Challenge to the RRB’s System
  2. pp. 123-143
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  1. Seven: In the Workers’ Words
  2. pp. 144-162
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  1. Eight: Anchoring and Adaptability, Fixed yet Fluid
  2. pp. 163-172
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  1. Afterword
  2. p. 173
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 174-180
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 181-185
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