Wedding of the Waters: The Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation

Sampul Depan
W. W. Norton & Company, 2005 - 448 halaman
The history of the Erie Canal is a story of American ingenuity. A great project that Thomas Jefferson judged to be "little short of madness," and that others compared with going to the moon, soon turned into one of the most successful and influential public investments in American history.
In Wedding of the Waters, best-selling author Peter L. Bernstein recounts the canal's creation within the larger tableau of a youthful America in the first quarter-century of the 1800s. Leaders of the fledgling nation had quickly recognized that the Appalachian mountain range was a formidable obstacle to uniting the Atlantic states with the vast lands of the west. A pathway for commerce as well as travel was critical to the security and expansion of the Revolution's unprecedented achievement.
Bernstein examines the social ramifications, political squabbles, and economic risks and returns of this mammoth project. He goes on to demonstrate how the canal's creation helped bind the western settlers in the new lands to their fellow Americans in the original colonies, knitted the sinews of the American industrial revolution, and even influenced profound economic change in Europe.
 

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5594. Wedding of the Waters The Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation, by Peter L. Bernstein (read 14 Nov 2018) This book tells in easy reading style of the Erie Canal, which was built in New ... Baca ulasan lengkap

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At first this book was a little disappointing. I was expecting something more on the lines McCullogh’s book about the Panama Canal, The Path Between the Seas, with details of the difficulties and ... Baca ulasan lengkap

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Acknowledge
13
Does It Not Seem Like Magic?
19
Smooth Sailing
29
Hudsons Wrong Turn
44
Washingtons Pivot
59
Canal Maniacs
75
A Canal to the Moon
87
THE ACTION BEGINS
107
Rude Incentive
237
Unwearied Zeal
258
A Noble Work
279
The Pageant of Power
293
The Weeding of the Waters
308
No Charge for Births
325
The Prodigious Artery
343
The Granary of the World
364

The Extravagant Proposal
126
The Expedition
142
War and Peace
160
The Shower of Gold
180
Digging the Ditch
203
Boom Bust Bonds
220
EPILOGUE
379
Notes
383
Bibliography
413
Illustration Credits
424
Index
425
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Tentang pengarang (2005)

Peter L. Bernstein (1919--2009), the financial historian, wrote nine books, including the worldwide bestseller Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk.

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