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

Kelly, Jack, 1949- author. (Author).
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  • 5 of 6 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Batesville Memorial Public Library - Batesville 386.48 KELLY (Text) 34706001523895 Non-Fiction 300-399 Available -
Clinton Public Library - Clinton 386.4809 KEL (Text) 36806002063921 NEW ITEMS Available -
Greenwood Public Library - Greenwood 386.48 KEL (Text) 36626103763090 New Adult Nonfiction Available -
Jay County Public Library - Portland 386 K29 (Text) 76383000442774 Adult New Shelf, NF Checked out 12/01/2016
LaGrange County Public Library - LaGrange 386 KEL (Text) 30477100951742 Adult: Nonfiction Available -
Mooresville Public Library - Mooresville 386.48 KEL (Text) 37323005273100 NONFIC Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781137280091 (hardback)
  • ISBN: 1137280093 (hardback)
  • Physical Description: ix, 290 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2016.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 265-281) and index.
Summary, etc.: "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. A page-turning narrative, Heaven's Ditch offers an excitingly fresh look at a heady, foundational moment in American history."--Provided by publisher.
Subject: Erie Canal (N.Y.) > History.
New York (State) > History > 1775-1865.

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