Welcome to the NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop:
“Clinton’s Ditch:” The Erie Canal in Western New York
Niagara County Community College
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Project Director: Pierson Bell
Header image: George Harvey’s Pittsford on the Erie Canal, 1837. Photo by Andy Olenick. Courtesy of the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester
In the chamber of the U.S. Senate in February of 1832, Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky rose to deliver a speech in defense of the American System, his three-part vision for the American economy.