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Digging the Dirt at Public Expense: Governance in the Building of the Erie Canal and Other Public Works

Stanley L. Engerman and Kenneth L. Sokoloff (eds)

in Corruption and Reform: Lessons from America's Economic History

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226299570
eISBN:
9780226299594
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226299594.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter examines corruption in the construction of the Erie Canal in New York using evidence on cost overruns for major governmental projects and news reports from newspapers from 1815 to 1975. ... More


Crumbling Columns and Day-Old Ruins Specters of Antiquity on the American Grand Tour, 1819–1837

in Untimely Ruins: An Archaeology of American Urban Modernity, 1819-1919

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226946634
eISBN:
9780226946658
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226946658.003.0002
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Ruins can elicit a wide range of responses and representations. This is evident in two contrasting scenes in 1835–1836, the first in Thomas Cole's painting Desolation and the second in Alexis de ... More


Past as Prologue: Developing Niagara Before Love Canal

Richard S. Newman

in Love Canal: A Toxic History from Colonial Times to the Present

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195374834
eISBN:
9780197562673
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195374834.003.0008
Subject:
Environmental Science, Pollution and Threats to the Environment

In 1978, Love Canal resident Anne Hillis sarcastically explained the “recipe” for the chemical disaster taking shape in her neighborhood: take “approximately 16 acres” of land, add “22,000 tons of ... More


Lake Effect: Art and Childhood in 1970s Buffalo

A. Joan Saab

in Buffalo at the Crossroads: The Past, Present, and Future of American Urbanism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501749766
eISBN:
9781501749797
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501749766.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter talks about Buffalo as a once booming industrial city that enjoyed a prolonged modernist golden age, beginning with the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825. It describes that the Erie ... More


Introduction: Buffalo at the Crossroads

Peter H. Christensen

in Buffalo at the Crossroads: The Past, Present, and Future of American Urbanism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501749766
eISBN:
9781501749797
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501749766.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter provides a background of the complete portrait of the city of Buffalo, which moves beyond its relatively small city limits to tell the full story that the Erie Canal, hydroelectric ... More


Gouverneur Morris: An Independent Life

William Howard Adams

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300099805
eISBN:
9780300127041
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300099805.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This book is a biography of one of the most colorful and least well-known of the founding fathers. A plain-spoken, racy patrician who distrusted democracy but opposed slavery and championed freedom ... More


Saratoga! Fiddlesticks!: Mineral Springs and Picturesque Scenery

Rebecca Cawood McIntyre

in Souvenirs of the Old South: Northern Tourism and Southern Mythology

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813036953
eISBN:
9780813038667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813036953.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

The images of the United States claimed by southerners began in the North, specifically in travel guides to upstate New York. Although tourists could be found both in the North and the South after ... More


Upstate and Downstate Avant-Gardes: Artists and Artist Communities in Postindustrial Buffalo and New York City during the 1970s

Mary N. Woods

in Buffalo at the Crossroads: The Past, Present, and Future of American Urbanism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501749766
eISBN:
9781501749797
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501749766.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter talks about the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, which connected Buffalo and New York City although they are almost four hundred miles apart. It explains how the canal, which was built ... More


Abolition

Arna Bontemps

in The Negro in Illinois: The WPA Papers

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037696
eISBN:
9780252094958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037696.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter discusses the abolition of slavery in Illinois after the firing on Fort Sumter in April 1861 marked the beginning of the end of the struggle for emancipation. Many of the settlers of ... More


New Worlds for the Donkey

Peter Mitchell

in The Donkey in Human History: An Archaeological Perspective

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198749233
eISBN:
9780191916984
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198749233.003.0013
Subject:
Archaeology, Zooarchaeology

One of the signature historical phenomena of the past 500 years has been the global expansion of European societies and their trans-Atlantic offshoots. The mercantile networks, commercial systems, ... More


Sanctifying Contracts and Persons: Corporate Organization in America’s “Infant Republics”

Amanda Porterfield

in Corporate Spirit: Religion and the Rise of the Modern Corporation

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
March 2018
ISBN:
9780199372652
eISBN:
9780199372683
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199372652.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The new governments of the United States rested on contract law, and state-chartered corporations protected by contract law, to an unprecedented extent. Established churches lost their legal ... More


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