The Erie Canal - Ralph K. Andrist

The Erie Canal

By Ralph K. Andrist

  • Release Date: 2016-08-25
  • Genre: United States
Score: 4
From 74 Ratings


The Erie Canal was a preposterous idea. Even President Thomas Jefferson, usually ahead of his time, believed that it could not be built for at least a century, and yet, the Erie Canal came to be just as its planners had thought it would. For the first time in the history of the United States, a cheap, fast route ran through the Appalachians, the mountains that had so effectively divided the West from the East of early America. With the canal, the country's fertile interior became accessible and its great inland lakes were linked to all the seas of the world. Here, from award-winning historian Ralph K. Andrist, is the canal's dramatic and little-told story.


  • A Must Read for Students of American History

    By T. M. Seale
    The Erie Canal story is a historically significant chapter of American History. The author did an outstanding job of, first, enrolling the reader in the original vision of the need for the canal and then incrementally relating the many benefits to the fledgling American economy as well as the impact on the great Westward Expansion.
  • The Erie Canal

    By Sfjrg
    Well-researched, this is an excellent book for history buffs. Comprehensive and yet pithy enough to avoid boredom. This is a good read for Westerners. ’gives some insight as to happenings on the other side of things.