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Author Bernstein, Peter L.
Title Wedding of the waters : the Erie Canal and the making of a great nation / Peter L. Bernstein.
Published New York ; London : W. W. Norton, 2006.
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 Stored Special Collections & Archives  HE396.E6 B47 2006    IN LIBRARY
  
Description 448 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Acknowledgments -- Introduction: Does it not seem like magic? -- Part 1: Visionaries -- 1: Smooth sailing -- 2: Hudson's wrong turn -- 3: Washington's pivot -- 4: Canal maniacs -- 5: Canal to the moon -- Part 2: Action Begins -- 6: Sublime spectacle -- 7: Extravagant proposal -- 8: Expedition -- 9: War and peace -- 10: Shower of gold -- Part 3: Creation -- 11: Digging the ditch -- 12: Boom, bust, bonds -- 13: Rude invective -- 14: Unwearied zeal -- Part 4: Stupendous Path -- 15: Noble work -- 16: Pageant of power -- 17: Wedding of the waters -- Part 5: After The Wedding -- 18: No charge for births -- 19: Prodigious artery -- 20: Granary of the world -- Epilogue -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Illustration credits -- Index.
Note Catherine Mulholland; Gift.
Local Note Special Collections' copy is part of the Catherine Mulholland Collection.
Summary From the Publisher: The building of the Erie Canal, like the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Panama Canal, is one of the greatest and most riveting stories of American ingenuity. Best-selling author Peter Bernstein presents the story of the canal's construction against the larger tableau of America in the first quarter-century of the 1800s. Examining the social, political, and economic ramifications of this mammoth project, Bernstein demonstrates how the canal's creation helped prevent the dismemberment of the American empire and knit the sinews of the American industrial revolution. Featuring a rich cast of characters, including not only political visionaries like Washington, Jefferson, van Buren, and the architect's most powerful champion, Governor DeWitt Clinton, but also a huge platoon of Irish diggers as well as the canal's first travelers, Wedding of the Waters reveals that the twenty-first-century themes of urbanization, economic growth, and globalization can all be traced to the first great macroengineering venture of American history.
Subject Erie Canal (N.Y.)
United States -- Economic conditions.
Collection Title Catherine Mulholland Collection.
ISBN 0393327957 (pbk.)
9780393327953 (pbk.)
OCLC number 63397180