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Author Kelly, Jack, 1949- author.

Title Heaven's ditch : God, gold, and murder on the Erie Canal / Jack Kelly.

Publication Info. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.


1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description ix, 290 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-281) and index.
Contents Hardship ; Bond of union ; A mighty baptism ; A perfect wilderness ; Hair-hung ; Eternity ; Visionary ; Navigable ; Abduction -- Groundbreaking ; To fell and shout ; Damned if you do ; Practical ; All ; The spirit of God ; Clouds of heaven ; Beyond description -- Excited ; On fire ; Otherwise, I am fine ; Mania ; Magnificent ; Ill-advised zeal ; Gold Bible ; Ingenious ; Whiskey ; Methods ; Abyss -- Translation ; time ; Most imminent danger ; By the hand of Mormon ; A battlefield ; Morgan's ghost ; Story ; Awake ; Tell it to the world ; Latter days ; All Rochester -- Wedding ; Big things ; Work of God ; Sharp sickle ; Zion ; Fort Niagara ; Salvation ; Deep prejudice ; Velocity ; Spirit ; Extermination -- Packet ; Unutterable magnitude ; Pagans ; War ; Public prosperity ; Thunderer ; The bones of God -- The whole of America ; O blessed year ; As it is ; Strong meat ; Awful forebodings ; O Lord, my God -- Today ; Everything ; Highway ; Martyr ; Old mule ; Pageant.
Summary "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. Heaven's Ditch by Jack Kelly illuminates the spiritual and political upheavals along this "psychic highway" from its opening in 1825 through 1844. "Wage slave" Sam Patch became America's first celebrity daredevil. William Miller envisioned the apocalypse. Farm boy Joseph Smith gave birth to Mormonism, a new and distinctly American religion. Along the way, the reader encounters America's very first "crime of the century," a treasure hunt, searing acts of violence, a visionary cross-dresser, and a panoply of fanatics, mystics, and hoaxers."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Erie Canal (N.Y.) -- History.
New York (State) -- History -- 1775-1865.
ISBN 9781137280091 hardcover
1137280093 hardcover

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