By Jack Kelly
The technological surprise of its age, the Erie Canal grew out of a surprising healthy of notion. Proponents did not simply dream; they equipped a 360-mile waterway totally by way of hand and principally via desert. As pleasure crackled down its size, the canal turned the scene of the main impressive outburst of mind's eye in American historical past. Zealots invented new religions and new modes of residing. The Erie Canal made long island the monetary capital of the USA and taken the trendy international crashing into the frontier. women and men observed God nose to nose, received and misplaced fortunes, and reveled in a interval of severe non secular creativity.
Heaven's Ditch by Jack Kelly illuminates the religious and political upheavals alongside this "psychic street" from its beginning in 1825 via 1844. "Wage slave" Sam Patch turned America's first megastar daredevil. William Miller predicted the apocalypse. Farm boy Joseph Smith gave delivery to Mormonism, a brand new and exceedingly American faith. alongside the best way, the reader encounters America's first actual "crime of the century," a treasure hunt, searing acts of violence, a visionary cross-dresser, and a panoply of lovers, mystics, and hoaxers.
A page-turning narrative, Heaven's Ditch bargains an excitingly clean examine a heady, foundational second in American history.
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