The Erie Canal . The ditch that changed America. By Luciano D’Orazio CS 150 Charles James Fox School Bronx, NY. New York State Learning Standards.
Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.
The ditch that changed America
CS 150 Charles James Fox School
DeWitt Clinton, in an address to supporters at the City Hotel, New York City - 1815
Such a large canal has never been attempted before.
The canal is too expensive and would not be profitable.
The government should not fund projects meant for private businesses.
The canal would increase New York’s power at the expense of the rest of the country.
--Thomas Jefferson, replying to New York Assemblyman Joshua Foreman’s request for federal money for the Erie Canal project. 1808
James A. Bayard, US Senator from Delaware, writing to Caesar Rodney, December 12, 1811
“(This canal is) so visionary and absurd that no rational man for one moment could seriously entertain it.”
Martin van Buren, New York politician, leader of Tammany Hall and bitter enemy of DeWitt Clinton, circa 1812.
How much would a laborer make in a year?
How much would a Principal Engineer make in a day?
How do you think they were used to move boats over high areas?
What kinds of structures does each aqueduct have in common?
“The canal is the greatest thing this country has done; it’s the greatest thing it will ever do.”
Walter D. Edmonds, 1929