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American History Book Club: Heaven's Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal by Jack Kelly

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Monday, August 26, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Heaven's Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal by Jack Kelly.

The technological marvel of its age, the Erie Canal grew out of a sudden fit of inspiration. Proponents didn't just dream; they built a 360-mile waterway entirely by hand and largely through wilderness. As excitement crackled down its length, the canal became the scene of the most striking outburst of imagination in American history. Zealots invented new religions and new modes of living. The Erie Canal made New York the financial capital of America and brought the modern world crashing into the frontier. Men and women saw God face to face, gained and lost fortunes, and reveled in a period of intense spiritual creativity. (GoogleBooks.com. Review of Heaven's Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal. May 5, 2019)

 

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