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The Ohio & Erie Canal: A Glossary of Terms, Compiled by Terry K. Woods

1 The Ohio & Erie Canal: A Glossary of Terms
Compiled by Terry K. Woods
48 pages, paperback, Kent State University Press

Price: 7.95 USD

Wedding of the Waters: The Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation, Peter L . Bernstein

2 Wedding of the Waters: The Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation
Peter L . Bernstein
288 pages, 20 illustrations, paperback / softcover, W.W. Norton & Co., Inc
A SWEEPING WORK of history by Peter L. Bernstein, Wedding of the Waters recounts the revolutionary conception, construction, and completion of the Erie Canal, one of the greatest engineering projects ever undertaken and the crucial link between the Atlantic states and the bounties of the western lands beyond the Appalachian Mountains. This stupendous project was a daunting challenge at every turn, for the financiers and politicians as well as the would-be engineers. With its emphasis on technological ingenuity, global economics, financial skills, and America's changing role in the world, Wedding of the Waters is a story for our own times.

About Author
PETER L. BERNSTEIN's nine books include the worldwide bestseller Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk. Bernstein is also an economic consultant and publisher of Economics and Portfolio Strategy, a semimonthly letter for institutional investors.

"One corner of the great American panorama enlarged to highlight starryeyed visionaries, political machinations, indefatigable ingenuity, and cockeyed optimism."—Kirkus Reviews

"Bernstein resists the temptation to say . . . that the Erie canal ‘changed the world,' but it did. It is almost impossible to imagine what the country would be like had it not been built. Peter Bernstein does it full justice."— Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World
Price: 15.95 USD

Common Labor: Workers and the Digging of North American Canals, 1780-1860, Peter Way

3 Common Labor: Workers and the Digging of North American Canals, 1780-1860
Peter Way
304 pages, paperback, Johns Hopkins University Press
Canal construction played a significant role in the rise of industrial America opening up new markets, employing an army of workers, and initiating the ties between capital and government that remain important to this day. The work went forward using simple tools and the brute strength of men and animals, with diggers working twelve-hour days and suffering the ravages of disease and injury. In this highly acclaimed study, Peter Way challenges conventional views of the part these workers played in the early republic and of the culture they created.
Increasingly made up of Irish immigrants, Way explains, the work force was housed in shanty towns hastily thrown up along the path of canal construction. Unlike the vibrant, proud working-class communities so beloved in labor history, these towns were the scene of considerable off-hours vice and violence. As wages fell throughout the 1830s, workers' discontent mounted to the point where riots were frequent and militia units often descended on the towns to enforce order. Common Labour traces a dark picture of powerlessness, depravity, and rage in the lives of America's canal diggers.

About Author
Peter Way is Lecturer in American History, School of English and American Studies, University of Sussex.

"A provocative analysis of labor, social, and transportation history in our early national period."--Journal of Southern History

"Extremely valuable . . . Well conceived, researched, and written."--Journal of Social History

"Way's study of canal work and workers has filled a major empty spot in economic history."--Journal of Economic History

"“A major addition to the study of North American canals, describing who dug them, how they were dug, and under what conditions of labor."--American Canals
Price: 25.00 USD



4 The Georgetown Directory for the Year 1830: to which is appended, A Short Description of the Churches, Public Institutions, and the Original Charter of Georgetown, and Extracts of the Laws Pertaining to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company
Wesley Pippenger
(1830), 2004, 5˝x8˝, paper, 56 pp, Heritage Books
The main section of the directory comprises an alphabetical name listing that includes occupation and location of residence. Due to the absence of house numbers, the addresses are designated as "Water Street near Potomac," or "near Union Tavern," for example.The appendix lists town officers, officers of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company, banks and bank officers, a brief history of Georgetown, its churches and schools, and the 1789 act of incorporation of Georgetown, including several amendments. Also included is the 1824 "Act of the State of Virginia to Incorporate the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company." The canal was an economic boon for the entire region. Approved and adopted by the states of Maryland and Pennsylvania and the Congress of the United States for the District of Columbia, the act designated the system of valuing the land that was purchased for construction of the canal, procedures for damage reparations, and apportionments to stockholders regarding profits, repairs, tolls, and taxes.
Price: 10.00 USD


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