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The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project
An Oral History of the Greatest Construction Show on Earth

 
Claire Puccia Parham

Cloth $34.95    |    978-0-8156-0913-1    |    2009

The culmination of a century-long dream to link the Great Lakes interior industrial hubs to the Atlantic Ocean, the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project stands as one of the largest and most important public works’ initiatives of the twentieth century. In this book, Claire Puccia Parham reveals the human side of the project in the words of its engineers, laborers, and carpenters.

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"[Parham] resurrects the story of one of the greatest construction projects of the mid–twentieth century, an engineering and building feat that had nearly disappeared from memory."
—Melvyn Dubofsky, Binghamton University, SUNY

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The culmination of a century-long dream to link the Great Lakes interior industrial hubs to the Atlantic Ocean, the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project stands as one of the largest and most important public works’ initiatives of the twentieth century. Seen as vital to North American commerce and strategic in advancing America’s position on the world stage, the billion dollar seaway and power dam were also a phenomenal feat of engineering involving an unprecedented level of cooperation between Canadian and American agencies and the unrelenting efforts of workers on both sides of the border. Dubbed the greatest construction show on earth, the largest waterway and hydro dam project ever jointly built by two nations consisted of seven locks, the widening of various canals, the taming of rapids, and the erection of the 3216-foot long, 195.5-foot high Robert Moses – Robert H. Saunders Power Dam.

In this book, Claire Puccia Parham reveals the human side of the project in the words of its engineers, laborers, and carpenters. Drawing on firsthand accounts, she provides a vivid portrait of the lives of the men who built the seaway and the women who accompanied them. On the fiftieth anniversary of the dedication of the power dam and waterway, this book is a fitting tribute to the hard work and dedication of the project’s 22,000 workers.

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Author
Claire Puccia Parham is an instructor in the History Department at Siena College in Loudonville, New York. She is the author of From Great Wilderness to Seaway Town.

6 x 9, 328 pages, 40 black-and-white illustrations, 1 map, notes, bibliography, index


The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project

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