Pittsford, New York (PRWEB) March 01, 2016
Michael Keene's latest book uncovers how the Erie Canal opened up vital passageways that led to the advent of the major social, political, and religious movements that swept through upstate New York during the 19th century.
"This powerful waterway carried a flotilla of radical, visionaries, social reformers, and prophets bent on the idea of creating a new society. It was as if a bolt of electricity struck Western New York lighting it up as fertile ground for a new society that had never been expressed or attempted before".
"It delivered people to important places for important reasons, like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott to Seneca Falls for history's first women's convention; to Rochester to meet and support abolitionists Frederick Douglass and Harriett Tubman or to witness the Fox Sisters summon spirits and their eerie knockings. Or maybe people on the temperance bandwagon hurrying to the Burned Over District so Charles Finney could save their souls"
"The Psychic Highway" is a must read about the origins of the Erie Canal intertwined with the historical, religious and social issues of the day-fascinating!
Dr. Samuel P. Clemence
Meredith Professor Emeritus
Contact: Michael Keene