By Ronald E. Shaw
All yet forgotten other than as part of nostalgic lore, American canals throughout the first 1/2 the 19th century supplied a transportation community that used to be important to the improvement of the hot state. They diminished transportation expenses, carried an unlimited grain alternate from western farms to japanese ports, introduced Pennsylvania coal to manhattan, and carried hundreds of thousands of passengers at what appeared easy velocity. alongside their classes sprang up new cities and towns and with them new fiscal development.
Canals for a state brings jointly in a single quantity a survey of the entire significant American canals. listed here are money owed of cutting edge engineering, of close to heroic figures who dedicated their lives to canals, and of canal initiatives that triumphed over the entire uncertainties of the political strategy.
Read or Download Canals for a Nation: The Canal Era in the United States, 1790-1860 PDF
Best americas books
A sequence of tradition wars are being fought in the United States at the present time; Lerner, Nagai, and Rothman contend that one key battleground is the nation's highschool texts. The authors argue that modern textbook controversies, as exemplified within the proposed nationwide criteria for the research of usa and international historical past, mirror alterations in American public philosophy and the schooling career.
During this learn of the advance of a colonial Caribbean territory within the overdue 19th century the varied peoples of Trinidad - Europeans, white Creoles of French, Spanish and English descent, Africans, Creole blacks, Venezuelans, chinese language and Indian immigrants - occupy the centre level. They shaped a society deeply divided alongside strains of race, dermis color, monetary place and academic point.
Those six experiences from the Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures provide particular remedies of yank antebellum expansionism. For example:
Robert W. Johannsen of the college of Illinois at Urbana bargains clean perception into the which means of the time period "Manifest Destiny," arguing for a broader definition.
John M. Belohlavek of the college of South Florida takes an in depth examine the expansionist attitudes of Massachusetts flesh presser, diplomat, reformer, and highbrow Caleb Cushing.
Greater than 9 years after 11th of September the reality concerning the occasions of that day aren't identified via most folks within the usa. lots of these participants think that they recognize what occurred on September eleven, 2001, yet their realizing has been developed for them by way of humans in media, govt, and academia who're themselves burdened, ill-informed, and missing an insightful figuring out when it comes to many matters that permeate 9-11.
- Utter Incompetents: Ego and Ideology in the Age of Bush
- Air Force Bases (Reference Series)
- The Cold War: A History in Documents (Pages from History)
- Early Armored Cars
- Aboriginal Sign Languages of The Americas and Australia: Volume 1; North America Classic Comparative Perspectives
Additional resources for Canals for a Nation: The Canal Era in the United States, 1790-1860
When the Potomac Company was organized in 1785 to improve the Potomac navigation, Washington became its president. He believed such improvements would prove profitable to his land speculations, would be critical to the interests of his state of Virginia, and would help to preserve the American Union. Washington worried that western settlers would become commercially dependent upon the British and the Spanish "at the flanks and rear" of the United States. 14 Washington estimated that the improvement of sixty miles of Potomac River navigation from Georgetown to Harpers Ferry could ul- Page 8 timately replace two hundred miles of land travel to the Ohio River.
61 Philadelphia merchants had long wanted a canal to cross the Delmarva Peninsula between Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay In Congress, James Bayard of Delaware and Joshua Gilpin of Pennsylvania introduced a plan in 1806 to aid the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, but it failed. Then, in his sixth annual message in 1806, Jefferson suggested Page 23 that public revenues be used for "roads, rivers, canals, and such other objects of public improvement," and Henry Clay of Kentucky offered the prospect of combining aid to the Louisville and Portland Canal Company with the project for the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.
Wantland, a doctoral student in history at Miami University. Again, I owe a special debt to my wife, Judith M. Shaw, for her continuing support and perceptive criticisms, which have made this work a shared endeavor. Page 1 1 Pioneer Canals and Republican Improvements Like so much in American history, the first canals were derivative from those of Europe. The Dutch, the French, and, especially in the latter half of the eighteenth century, the English carried the technology of canal building forward from its ancient origins.