Erie: The Canal That Made America

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The Erie Canal released the promise of a new nation. The canal's impact on America and beyond is comparable to the global impact of the Internet. lt transformed the national patterns of immigration and commerce, created the financial capital of the world, left the Mississippi and the port of New Orleans in the dust of its immediate success, and transported new ideas and social movements.

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About the Show

This one-hour documentary marks the bicentennial of the start of construction of the Erie Canal when surveyors and excavators began linking the young United States’ East to its West in 1817, depicting how a young nation broke through with its first great crusade of ingenuity by willing an impossible-to-build, 363-mile, man-made waterway to the American frontier into fruition.

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