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

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

Peter L. Bernstein

"One nook of the nice American landscape enlarged to spotlight starry-eyed visionaries, political machinations, indefatigable ingenuity, and cockeyed optimism."―Kirkus Reviews

The construction of the Erie Canal, just like the development of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Panama Canal, is among the maximum and such a lot riveting tales of yank ingenuity. Best-selling writer Peter Bernstein offers the tale of the canal's development opposed to the bigger tableau of the United States within the first quarter-century of the 1800s. analyzing the social, political, and fiscal ramifications of this massive undertaking, Bernstein demonstrates how the canal's production helped hinder the dismemberment of the yankee empire and knit the sinews of the yank commercial revolution. that includes a wealthy forged of characters, together with not just political visionaries like Washington, Jefferson, van Buren, and the architect's strongest champion, Governor DeWitt Clinton, but additionally a massive platoon of Irish diggers in addition to the canal's first tourists, Wedding of the Waters unearths that the twenty-first-century subject matters of urbanization, monetary progress, and globalization can all be traced to the 1st nice macroengineering enterprise of yankee heritage. 20 illustrations

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