18th Century River Travel Panel

A panel on books on early river transportation met in the City Council Chambers in Charlottesville, Va., and talked about the history of… read more

A panel on books on early river transportation met in the City Council Chambers in Charlottesville, Va., and talked about the history of American expansion in the Early Republic through the mid 19th century. They talked about the use of rivers and technological innovations for business and transportation, early thinking about Western expansion, the economic potential of the waterway infrastructure, and the development of both federalist and republican thought. Following their remarks they answered questions from the audience.

Joel Achenbach was the author of The Grand Idea: George Washington’s Potomac and the Race to the West and Andrea Sutcliffe authored Steam: The Untold Story of America’s First Great Invention. The moderator was Henry Wiencek, author of An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. close

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Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
First Aired:
Apr 24, 2005
Last Aired:
Aug 7, 2005

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  • Apr 24, 2005 | 4:45am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Aug 07, 2005 | 6:59am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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