The Forestport Breaks: A Nineteenth Century Conspiracy along the Black River Canal

The Forestport Breaks: A Nineteenth Century Conspiracy along the Black River Canal

by Michael Doyle
     
 
Doyle begins with a family mystery (the precise location of a grave) and ends with a reconstruction of what one New York lawman called the most damnable conspiracy ever hatched in the state. It concerned the struggling upstate logging town of Forestport and a series of breaks in the levees on the Erie Canal that flooded towpaths, farmland, and businesses.

Overview

Doyle begins with a family mystery (the precise location of a grave) and ends with a reconstruction of what one New York lawman called the most damnable conspiracy ever hatched in the state. It concerned the struggling upstate logging town of Forestport and a series of breaks in the levees on the Erie Canal that flooded towpaths, farmland, and businesses. Well-connected contractors knew they could clean up repairing the breaks. Was the damage to the levees accidental? Doyle, a journalist for the McClatchy newspapers, deploys fly-on-the-wall conversations and no-nonsense foreshadowing to tell the century-old story as if it were a classic Western or a Greek tragedy. The work is salted with contemporary b&w photographs. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815607724
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Pages:
238
Sales rank:
1,278,067
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

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