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  • Edition: 123 pp. Original wrappers, untrimmed. Near fine.
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FIRST EDITION. This celebrated report represents the first major government plan for systematic internal improvements to promote American industry and agriculture. The report includes a letter from Robert Fulton on canals (pp. 102-23), and a letter by Benjamin Henry Latrobe on railroads, the earliest printed call for building railroads in the U.S. Gallatin called for the federal government to build a system of canals along the Atlantic seaboard and to establish communication between the Atlantic, the midwestern rivers, and the Great Lakes. "The historic Gallatin Report . . . defined a concept of internal improvement which, in its broad terms has remained up to modern times a virtual statement of national policy" (The District . .. Army Corps of Engineers 1866-1971). Gallatin believed the improvements could be made for $20 million and the debt paid within 20 years. The proposed indebtedness would have been unprecedented, and many including Jefferson believed the plan was unconstitutional. ... Read more

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