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

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Bernstein’s epic work masterfully portrays not only the actual construction of the 363-mile Erie Canal, but introduces us to the political and economic milieu of the young United States, and the men (most notably De Witt Clinton) who played key roles. The potential import of the Erie Canal was seen by only a very few, and the battle to turn vision into reality was protracted. Just one of the wonders of the canal was that it, along with its phenomenal aqueducts and 83 locks, was built without benefit of civil engineers: at the time of its construction, there were none in the United States. The author lucidly proves his claim that “…the Erie Canal cut a waterway through the mountains to bind the nation into one and to make possible a new economic system in America that would meld forest, farm, and industry into a combination of extraordinary power.”

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