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The Great Kanawha Navigation


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Dr. Emory Kemp is the founder and director of the Institute for the History of Technology and Industrial Archaeology at West Virginia University, where he was also chair and professor of civil engineering at the College of Engineering, and a professor of


"An insightful case study of an extensive transport system, this work admirably details the innovative and moveable dam technology employed, and places these ambitious public works within the broader context of social and industrial history."--Virginia Quarterly Review

"Kemp's book is a welcome contribution to the history of American hydraulic engineering, for it is the first comprehensive account of the development of one of the country's major inland navigation systems." --Technology and Culture

"The best book to be written about the origins and operations of America's modern inland navigation system."--Industrial Archeology

"This study is an important contribution to the history of river engineering in America."--The Public Historian

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