Canals The Making Of A Nation

Author: Liz McIvor
Editor: Random House
ISBN: 1473530237
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Canals hold a unique place in British culture, with associations of lazy summer afternoons, journeying through lush green countryside. But as Liz McIvor explains in the book to accompany her BBC series, the story of our canals is also the story of how modern Britain was born. It was the canals that helped open up the trade of the Industrial Revolution, furthered the new science of geology, and even ushered in a new form of architecture. The legacy of our canals is all around us. In Canals: The Making of a Nation, McIvor takes us on a journey across the network of English canals to tell a deeper story of how our waterways changed our lives. It’s a very modern tale, full of high finance and greedy investors, cheap labour and the struggle for workers’ rights, and new frontiers in family and child welfare. It’s a unique and compelling exploration of Britain’s golden age.

Wedding Of The Waters The Erie Canal And The Making Of A Great Nation

Author: Peter L. Bernstein
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393340201
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"One corner of the great American panorama enlarged to highlight starry-eyed visionaries, political machinations, indefatigable ingenuity, and cockeyed optimism." —Kirkus Reviews The building of the Erie Canal, like the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Panama Canal, is one of the greatest and most riveting stories of American ingenuity. Best-selling author Peter Bernstein presents the story of the canal's construction against the larger tableau of America in the first quarter-century of the 1800s. Examining the social, political, and economic ramifications of this mammoth project, Bernstein demonstrates how the canal's creation helped prevent the dismemberment of the American empire and knit the sinews of the American industrial revolution. Featuring a rich cast of characters, including not only political visionaries like Washington, Jefferson, van Buren, and the architect's most powerful champion, Governor DeWitt Clinton, but also a huge platoon of Irish diggers as well as the canal's first travelers, Wedding of the Waters reveals that the twenty-first-century themes of urbanization, economic growth, and globalization can all be traced to the first great macroengineering venture of American history.

The American Past A Survey Of American History Enhanced Edition

Author: Joseph R. Conlin
Editor: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 0495566098
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Author Joseph R. Conlin’s award-winning teaching and writing styles are reflected in this colorful and engaging look at the individuals, events, and ideas that have shaped this nation’s past. Organized into short, easy-to-read chapters, this text sets the story in a political context, weaving in social, cultural, economic, intellectual, constitutional, diplomatic, and military events along the way. American history has never been so eye-opening--and enjoyable. This Enhanced Edition also shows you how to use the maps, images, and charts in the book to gain an edge in your studies. A brief introduction to the text--Studying from Primary Source Materials--reveals some of the tricks to uncovering the past that your instructor wants you to know. Discovery sections at the end of every chapter assist you in practicing these skills, helping you to connect the text’s main ideas and excel in your course. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The American Past A Survey Of American History Volume I To 1877

Author: Joseph R. Conlin
Editor: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1285629558
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America's past is full of politics as well as personal stories. That's why Conlin's THE AMERICAN PAST: A SURVEY OF AMERICAN HISTORY teaches history the way it happened: real people with real stories. Through short narratives from political figures' lives, you'll discover how our nation grew from a colonial project to an international superpower. Along the way, you'll find the human dimension emphasized with the stories of men and women of different regional, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds described in colorful detail. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The American Past A Survey Of American History

Author: Joseph R. Conlin
Editor: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1133946534
Size: 13,96 MB
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America's past is full of politics as well as personal stories. That's why Conlin's THE AMERICAN PAST: A SURVEY OF AMERICAN HISTORY teaches history the way it happened: real people with real stories. Through short narratives from political figures' lives, you'll discover how our nation grew from a colonial project to an international superpower. Along the way, you'll find the human dimension emphasized with the stories of men and women of different regional, socioeconomic, and ethnic backgrounds described in colorful detail. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Catastrophe In The Making

Author: William R. Freudenburg
Editor: Island Press
ISBN: 1610911563
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When houses are flattened, towns submerged, and people stranded without electricity or even food, we attribute the suffering to “natural disasters” or “acts of God.” But what if they’re neither? What if we, as a society, are bringing these catastrophes on ourselves? That’s the provocative theory of Catastrophe in the Making, the first book to recognize Hurricane Katrina not as a “perfect storm,” but a tragedy of our own making—and one that could become commonplace. The authors, one a longtime New Orleans resident, argue that breached levees and sloppy emergency response are just the most obvious examples of government failure. The true problem is more deeply rooted and insidious, and stretches far beyond the Gulf Coast. Based on the false promise of widespread prosperity, communities across the U.S. have embraced all brands of “economic development” at all costs. In Louisiana, that meant development interests turning wetlands into shipping lanes. By replacing a natural buffer against storm surges with a 75-mile long, obsolete canal that cost hundreds of millions of dollars, they guided the hurricane into the heart of New Orleans and adjacent communities. The authors reveal why, despite their geographic differences, California and Missouri are building—quite literally—toward similar destruction. Too often, the U.S. “growth machine” generates wealth for a few and misery for many. Drawing lessons from the most expensive “natural” disaster in American history, Catastrophe in the Making shows why thoughtless development comes at a price we can ill afford.

Lives Of The Engineers

Author: Samuel Smiles
Editor: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108052924
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Spanning from the Roman to Victorian period, this three-volume work (1861-2) provides detailed biographies of Britain's most notable engineers.

Lincoln S Greatest Case The River The Bridge And The Making Of America

Author: Brian McGinty
Editor: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 087140785X
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The untold story of how one sensational trial propelled a self-taught lawyer and a future president into the national spotlight. In May of 1856, the steamboat Effie Afton barreled into a pillar of the Rock Island Bridge, unalterably changing the course of American transportation history. Within a year, long-simmering tensions between powerful steamboat interests and burgeoning railroads exploded, and the nation’s attention, absorbed by the Dred Scott case, was riveted by a new civil trial. Dramatically reenacting the Effie Afton case—from its unlikely inception, complete with a young Abraham Lincoln’s soaring oratory, to the controversial finale—this “masterful” (Christian Science Monitor) account gives us the previously untold story of how one sensational trial propelled a self-taught lawyer and a future president into the national spotlight.

An Essay On A Congress Of Nations For The Adjustment Of International Disputes Without Resort To Arms

Author: William Ladd
Editor: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.
ISBN: 1584777451
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First published in 1840, this was the first important statement on the preservation of peace through international mediation published in the United States. Anticipating the creation of the Permanent Court of International Justice and the League of Nations by a good 75 years, Ladd proposed an international "congress with legislative powers" that worked with a court that enforced its laws and settled international disputes. It became a central text for American peace organizations and participants in international law conferences, and did much to persuade Americans to accept the idea of an international peace organization. It was also distributed widely in Europe, where it was well-received. Ladd [1778-1841], a scholar and philanthropist, was the president of the American Peace Society. His essay was a contribution to a collection published by his society entitled Prize Essays on a Congress of Nations, For the Adjustment of International Disputes, And for the Promotion of Universal Peace Without Resort to Arms (1840).

The Making Of The British Landscape

Author: Francis Pryor
Editor: Penguin UK
ISBN: 014194336X
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This is the changing story of Britain as it has been preserved in our fields, roads, buildings, towns and villages, mountains, forests and islands. From our suburban streets that still trace out the boundaries of long vanished farms to the Norfolk Broads, formed when medieval peat pits flooded, from the ceremonial landscapes of Stonehenge to the spread of the railways - evidence of how man's effect on Britain is everywhere. In The Making of the British Landscape, eminent historian, archaeologist and farmer, Francis Pryor explains how to read these clues to understand the fascinating history of our land and of how people have lived on it throughout time. Covering both the urban and rural and packed with pictures, maps and drawings showing everything from how we can still pick out Bronze Age fields on Bodmin Moor to how the Industrial Revolution really changed our landscape, this book makes us look afresh at our surroundings and really see them for the first time.