The Erie Canal And The Delivery Of American Religion

Physical work on the Erie Canal began on July 4, 1817, when upstate New York was one vast wilderness in the eye of the young nation.
Gage’s life alone amply shows the six degrees of separation created through social life along the canal.
(RNS) The first great social space in the United States was not Boston Common, William Penn’s Philadelphia squares or L’Enfant’s great avenues of Washington, D.C.
Like the Silk Road in Asia, the Erie Canal not only established physical links across geographic regions, it also remade the social and religious lives of everyone it touched.
Meanwhile, the canal engendered the religiously infused social movements of the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage and temperance.

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