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Iron Ore Transport on the Great Lakes: Development of a Delivery System
W. Bruce Bowlus
McFarland Publishing
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Iron Ore Transport on the Great Lakes

The Development of a Delivery System to Feed American Industry

By W. Bruce Bowlus.

Softcover 6x9, 272 pages, 27 photos, notes, bibliography, index, 2010.

"The availability of inexpensive steel, so crucial to the United States’ emergence as a leading industrial power in the late nineteenth century, relied upon the rise of an ore transport system on the Great Lakes that would feed American industry as a whole and come to alter the face of the region. This detailed history recounts innovations in shipping, the improvement of channels and harbors, the creation of locks, technical advances in loading and unloading equipment, and the ability to attract capital and government support to fund the various projects. When government support was lacking, reinterpretations of the Constitution were introduced to justify federal involvement. These changes, which often functioned symbiotically, represent one of the key untold stories in the spectacular rise of American industry.

"W. Bruce Bowlus is an associate professor of history at Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio. He has written previously on Great Lakes history and has served as a contributor for the PBS documentary Lake Erie: Ohio’s Great Lake."