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.
Erie: The Canal That Made America
This documentary marks the bicentennial of the start of construction The Erie Canal, the United States’ first great technical innovation and a gateway to prominence.
America became what it is today in so many ways because of the Erie Canal. Perhaps the song “Low Bridge” comes to mind when we say the canal’s name. The Erie Canal was one of the largest canals in the world, dug in largely unsettled territory across upstate New York. The Erie became The Canal That Made America by giving the new nation a way to grow.
Social change flowed along the Erie Canal as steadily as commerce. Farming families and pioneers who lived along the canal turned to their faith; or committed to new religions, interpretations of established religions and new forms of high energy spirituality fueling a culture along the canal route that became known as the “Burned Over District.”