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Vault aboard a hinge boat with Marie Duess as she nimbly navigates the historic waters of the Delaware Canal. Any ramble along the now-serene Pennsylvania waterway will show you why its beauty inspired so many famous brushstrokes. But only on a voyage with Duess will you dock at hidden places that doubled as underground railroad stops and Prohibition-era speakeasies and witness the inventive genius of Josiah White and the instinct and muscles of the endearing mules that hauled the nation into the Industrial Revolution. By journey's end, you will be reluctant to part with your newfound boatmates after looking into the hopeless eyes of five-year-old mine laborers and listening to the rousing choruses of boat captains who poured a hearty lifetime into steering coal from Easton to Bristol.
|Publisher:||History Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Marie Murphy Duess is the author of Colonial Inns and Taverns of Bucks County: How Pubs, Taprooms and Hostelries made Revolutionary History. Duess, a published author of two full-length historical novels, River Pines and Rone Daniels, has written numerous magazine articles and assisted in writing and editing the recently released The Healing Consciousness: A Doctor's Journey to Healing (Woven Word 2006) by Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., FACS. She was a freelance correspondent for Mature Lifestyles and other specialty publications for the Bucks County Courier Times and for Times Publishing Newspapers.
Table of Contents
Foreword James C. Greenwood 11
Magic Canals: Past and Future 17
From the Bowels of the Earth 25
Josiah White's Waterways 45
Locks and Their Keepers 53
Beside the Busy Canal 65
Snappers and Stiff Boats 75
The Mules 85
The Canallers 97
Human Cargo 117
The Canal's Worst Enemy 127
Beautiful Impressions 131
National Historic Landmark 137
Bibliography and Resources 155