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        Building the Erie Canal

        This video segment adapted from American Experience tells the story of how New York State Governor DeWitt Clinton championed the building of an all-water route from New York City to the Great Lakes. Although many felt it was doomed to financial failure, Clinton came up with a new approach to funding a public works project with private investments. In 1825, the 363-mile Erie Canal was completed ahead of schedule and on budget, and forever changed national and international trade in the U.S.

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