Transport of pipe segments. False-color image of the Grand Omar Mukhtar reservoir project south of Benghazi.
Stretching miles, 40 feet wide and only four feet deep, the Erie Canal allowed citizens to populate places that some never dreamed of. By connected the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Coast, settlers now had a way to transport goods, services, and themselves in a timely manner that at the time seemed impossible.
She explores the impact that the development of the Erie Canal had on middle class Americans. Governor DeWitt Clinton leads the group and emphasizes on a more reliable and efficient transportation source, while at the same time developing culture along the way.
Construction on the canal had now begun. The chapter is a little more political than the rest of the book but in my opinion is actually the most interesting.
Western New Yorkers disagreed; they recognized that the builders of the canal had no likeness to the republicans. In fact, shortly after construction on the canal began, free workers were phased out and poor Irish workers were brought in.
Middle Class Americans were appalled by the lower class workers taking over their town, but took relief in knowing that they would only be there a short while. In the meantime, canal supporters turned a blind eye to the laborers and instead gave credit to the political sponsors and officials.
People were now beginning to see the canal as part of the natural landscape and complaints about difficult travels and ugly scenery soon developed.
There were, however, supporters on both sides, the western New Yorkers were persistently supporting the economical advancement that the canal had brought them.
Although it was true that the people could travel faster, safer, and more economically, a new innovation was slowly catching on. The railroad was originally believed to be a compliment the canal but the advantages to this mode of transportation were soon realized.
Travelers that complained about the canal now had a new way to travel and supporters of the canal had a new enemy. Citizens were beginning to complain that the state had not compensated them for land and resources that had been taken from them.
The committee argued that the canal was built for the common good and disregarded the negative statements that were quickly piling up.
People were beginning to agree that the canal was created not for them but for commercialization and the high class individuals that were expected to travel on it.In The Artificial River The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress, , written by Carol Sheriff, there are many different examples of paradoxes.
Towns initially saw the Canal having a negative impact on them, but realized it could help. Winner of Best Manuscript Award from the New York State Historical Association 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 /5().
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/5(4).
The Artificial River has ratings and 14 reviews. Tomijo said: More than just a local interest account of a famous public works project, the building /5. In "The Artificial River: The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress, ", Carol Sheriff argues, “Part of the transportation revolution, the Erie Canal played a major role in the transformation of the young Republic’s geography and economy and helped to set off the industrial and marketing revolutions that swept across the northern United States early in the nineteenth century” (pg.
4).Reviews: The story of the Eric Canal is the story of industrial and economic progress between the War of 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, /5(4).