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The Artificial River : The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress, 1817-1862
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The Artificial River : The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress, 1817-1862

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The Artificial River
Author(s): Carol Sheriff

The story of the Eric Canal is the story of industrial and economic progress between the War of 1812 and the Civil War. The Artificial River reveals the human dimension of the story of the Erie Canal. Carol Sheriff's extensive, innovative archival research shows the varied responses of ordinary people-farmers, businessmen, government officials, tourists, workers-to this major environmental, social, and cultural transformation in the early life of the Republic.

Winner of Best Manuscript Award from the New York State Historical Association

The Artificial River is deeply researched, its arguments are both subtle and clear, and it is written with grace and an engagingly light touch. The book merits a wide readership.” —Paul Johnson, The Journal of American History



Review(s):

The Artificial River is deeply researched, its arguments are both subtle and clear, and it is written with grace and an engagingly light touch. The book merits a wide readership.” —Paul Johnson, The Journal of American History

“A beautifully written and unpretentious book that reveals how little historians have known about something they have written so much about: the Ere Canal.” —Richard White, University of Washington

“[Sheriff] renders the Erie Canal's history from a fresh point of view . . . the everyday lives of ordinary people who lived along the waterway.” —Paul Grondahl, Albany Times Union

“Broadly conceived, imaginatively researched, incisively argued, and gracefully written.” —Robert H. Wiebe, Northwestern University

“An excellent study of an important, all too often neglected period.” —Lee Milazzo, The Dallas Morning News





ISBN:  9780809016051