Michael Keene’s book The Psychic Highway: How the Erie Canal Changed America (Willow Manor Publishing 2016) takes a look at a time of intense individual focus and enlightened change in the ways in which people communicated along the canal.
It was as if a bolt of electricity struck western New York, lighting it up as fertile ground for ideas and lifestyles that had never been expressed or attempted before. It was a time of religious re-birth, ongoing social reform and making one’s life the best it could be in the present and in the future.
Author Michael Keene is the author of five previous books about 19th century New York history. He is also the award-winning producer of a four part historical documentary series, Visions. He lives with his wife Diana and their daughter Michele in Pittsford, New York.
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