Reading Assignments

Because of the fast-paced nature of this one-week workshop, participants will be asked to purchase and read a few key texts prior to their arrival. These texts include:

NOTE: Excerpts from Erie Water West will be uploaded as a password protected pdf (you need not purchase the book). 


Carol Sheriff, The Artificial River: The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress, 1817-1824 (New York: Hill and Wang, 1996)

Gerard Koeppel, Bond of Union: Building the Erie Canal and the American Empire (Cambridge: Da Capo Press, 2009)

Excerpts from Ronald Shaw, Erie Water West: A History of the Erie Canal, 1792-1854 (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1966)

Other texts used during the workshop that participants should purchase but for which pre-reading is not required include:

F. Daniel Larkin, Julie C. Daniels, and Jean West, editors, Erie Canal, New York’s Gift to the Nation, a Document-Based Teacher Resource (Peterborough, NH: Cobblestone Publishing, 2001)

Roger Hecht, The Erie Canal Reader, 1790-1850 (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2003)

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