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The fire of his genius : Robert Fulton and the American dream

Author: Kirkpatrick Sale
Publisher: New York : Free Press, ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"None of the well-dressed crowd that gathered on the Hudson River side of Lower Manhattan on the hot afternoon of August 17, 1808, could have known the importance of the object they had come to see and, mostly, deride: Robert Fulton's new steamboat, the North River, the boat that is frequently - and wrongly - remembered as the Clermont. But, as Kirkpatrick Sale shows in this biography of Fulton, the North River's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Robert Fulton; Robert (Erfinder) Fulton; Robert Fulton
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kirkpatrick Sale
ISBN: 068486715X 9780684867151
OCLC Number: 45861801
Description: 242 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: The North River --
Precursors --
1765-1797 --
1797-1803 --
1804-1807 --
1807-1812 --
1813-1815 --
Legacies.
Responsibility: Kirkpatrick Sale.
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A fascinating biography of the complex man whose innovation and American dream--commercial steamboat travel--brought about the Industrial Revolution and opened the American West. of photos.  Read more...

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