Bond of Union: Building the Erie Canal and the American Empire

Bond of Union Building the Erie Canal and the American Empire Conceived in the early s and completed in the Erie Canal was the boldest and biggest American engineering project of its century with enduring political social and economic effects It was

  • Title: Bond of Union: Building the Erie Canal and the American Empire
  • Author: Gerard Koeppel
  • ISBN: 9780306818271
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Conceived in the early 1800s and completed in 1825, the Erie Canal was the boldest and biggest American engineering project of its century, with enduring political, social, and economic effects It was the Erie Canal that first opened up the West to American enterprise and imagination, bringing vast riches and a far reaching vision to a rapidly expanding nation.In this comConceived in the early 1800s and completed in 1825, the Erie Canal was the boldest and biggest American engineering project of its century, with enduring political, social, and economic effects It was the Erie Canal that first opened up the West to American enterprise and imagination, bringing vast riches and a far reaching vision to a rapidly expanding nation.In this compelling narrative, author Gerard Koeppel tells the complete, sweeping story of the creation of the canal, and of the memorable characters who turned a visionary plan into a successful venture Koeppel s extensive research includes major new findings about the construction of the canal as well as its enormous impact Bond of Union provides a unique perspective on Manifest Destiny and the beginning of America s self perception as an empire destined to expand to the Pacific.

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    About “Gerard Koeppel”

    1. Gerard Koeppel

      I write history, mostly New York related so far, mostly in books of my own and others , but also in anything from magazines and journals to historical signage in city parks I started writing at Wesleyan, for the student paper and in a grueling non fiction writing seminar with V.S Naipaul After college, I was the captain of a charter sailboat with a past, an awful law student, a licensed hack out of a Greenwich Village taxi garage , and then, for many years, a radio reporter writer editor producer, mostly with CBS News In radio, I learned to write short and unlearned narrative With each book of history, I m trying to do the narrative thing better I was born at an edge of the Manhattan street grid, in a hospital since replaced by a high rise condo, raised on the suburban mainland, and for many decades have lived on my native island, mostly at edges of its dominant rectilinearity I m married and we have three grown but still health insurance covered children, who may someday cross paths with some of mine Or not.

    679 thoughts on “Bond of Union: Building the Erie Canal and the American Empire”

    1. The Erie Canal when completed in 1825 was a technological marvel of its day & actually changed commerce in the US forever. However, Gerard Koeppel's "Bond of the Union: Building the Erie Canal and the American Empire" while attempting to be a good history of that famed waterway fails miserably. The book gets mired in it's own political machinations & at times turns into a mini-biography of De Witt Clinton the governor of New York who finally got the approval to do so for the canal. What [...]


    2. As a political history of the building of the Erie Canal, this book is excellent. It has much less in the way of engineering detail than Bernstein's _The Wedding of the Waters_, which itself is a little thin on the details.Canal novices typically ask basic questions about how a level canal works: where the water comes from, how the locks function, how the boats pass, et cetera, and this book will send any such readers to pretty quickly. That said, what this book does very well is to explore the [...]


    3. Bond of Union, Gerard KoeppelI have to confess up front that I had a difficult time getting through Bond of Union. Please note that my struggles did not affect my star rating. Bond of Union is a professionally researched book about a fascinating topic in American and NY State history. The author is supremely knowledgeable about his subject and it is clear to me that the book is a labor of love. Hence my rating of four stars, which is a high rating from me.So what were my struggles? What I was ho [...]


    4. I grew up in New York, so the Erie Canal was something we talked about in elementary school. But I didn't really have a an adult understanding of it or a good grip on the political or technical background. This book supplied it.The book is very heavy on state politics -- the canal was a football between the Clintoninte and van Burenite factions in the state -- and light on engineering. On the other hand, it's basically a ditch, so the amount of technology involved was limited. I'd have liked to [...]


    5. I recommend this book for all readers who are very interested in American history, residents of NY State with some interest in history, and those of us who actually live next to the longest canal in the world and see it every day and should know "how it got there."Very few people realize the importance of the canal im setting America on the road to becoming the richest nation on earth by opening up the vast interior of the country to settlement by the waves of imigration from Europe.This book do [...]


    6. Ok biased review and rating but this is such a fun read with an ending that is tear jerking. I suppose it's biased because born in New York but whisked to New Jersey only to return 19 years later for good, I'm amazed at how little of new York's history is taught to the elementary school students of New Jersey. We mostly just had Paterson and Lenni Lenape Indians and the occasional Woodrow Wilson anecdote.Update: this is way more comprehensive than other available materials on the canal's constru [...]


    7. Worth the read for someone interested in the political background of the construction of the Erie Canal. The tone of the book occasionally veers towards snarky comments about some of the principals, but overall is a good read. Probably not a good fit for someone who is more interested in the personal stories of the people behind the canal, or details about the construction of the canal itself.


    8. Politics doesn't change It just focuses on different aspects of the same issues. This book focuses on the political battles, not the engineering, of the Erie Canal construction.For my interest, it could have been half the length. That said, it appears to be complete and carefully researched.


    9. Enjoyed this and the Artificial River. I think both books need to be read together for a well rounded understanding of the Erie Canal and those involved in the event that altered the American Landscape. This book was slower in pace than The Artificial River, but in depth to the surveyors and sponsors of the Erie Canal such as DeWitt Clinton.


    10. This book will most satisfy those interested in American politics (doesn't matter that it's early 19th century politics; it looks much the same as today) and the history of civil engineering. There is a little more repetition of little details than is necessary, but the depth of the research which went into this book is impressive, and its exposition is clear.


    11. A well-written history of the Erie Canal. Very nicely balances the political, social and engineering challenges facing the proponents of the canal. Koeppel tells the stories of the major figures with nuance and also brings in many interesting minor characters. The last chapter might have done a bit more with the legacy of this remarkable structure, but that's a minor criticism of this fine book.


    12. Enjoyed the read about the history / development of the Erie Canal and the area where I spent a fair amount of my life.


    13. Oft times tediously detailed about the politics. Did make the point as to how important the erie canal was to the delelopment of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and New York City.



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