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New Jersey: A History of the Garden State

Rutgers University Press
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New Jersey: A History of the Garden State
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New Jersey: A History of the Garden State presents a fresh, comprehensive overview of New Jersey’s history from the prehistoric era to the present. The findings of archaeologists, political, social, and economic historians provide a new look at how the Garden State has evolved.

The state has a rich Native American heritage and complex colonial history. It played a pivotal role in the American Revolution, early industrialization, and technological developments in transportation, including turnpikes, canals, and railroads. The nineteenth century saw major debates over slavery. While no Civil War battles were fought in New Jersey, most residents supported it while questioning the policies of the federal government.

Next, the contributors turn to industry, urbanization, and the growth of shore communities. A destination for immigrants, New Jersey continued to be one of the most diverse states in the nation. Many of these changes created a host of social problems that reformers tried to minimize during the Progressive Era. Settlement houses were established, educational institutions grew, and utopian communities were founded. Most notably, women gained the right to vote in 1920. In the decades leading up to World War II, New Jersey benefited from back-to-work projects, but the rise of the local Ku Klux Klan and the German American Bund were sad episodes during this period.

The story then moves to the rise of suburbs, the concomitant decline of the state’s cities, growing population density, and changing patterns of wealth. Deep-seated racial inequities led to urban unrest as well as political change, including such landmark legislation as the Mount Laurel decision. Today, immigration continues to shape the state, as does the tension between the needs of the suburbs, cities, and modest amounts of remaining farmland.

Well-known personalities, such as Jonathan Edwards, George Washington, Woodrow Wilson, Dorothea Dix, Thomas Edison, Frank Hague, and Albert Einstein appear in the narrative. Contributors also mine new and existing sources to incorporate fully scholarship on women, minorities, and immigrants. All chapters are set in the context of the history of the United States as a whole, illustrating how New Jersey is often a bellwether for the nation..

On This Day in New Jersey History

By Joseph G. Bilby & Harry Ziegler

The History Press
Released: 2015-02-16
Paperback (256 pages)

On This Day in New Jersey History
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The history of the Garden State is filled with well-known events and forgotten happenings. German Americans opened the nation's first kindergarten in Hoboken on February 11, 1861. Prohibition brought more than two hundred bootleggers together in Sea Bright on August 15, 1924, to discuss a fixed price on their product. As America fought World War I and desperately needed ammunition, the T.A. Gillespie Shell plant exploded in Sayreville on October 4, 1918, killing at least one hundred people. From military feats and shady politics to the extraordinary episodes in the lives of everyday people, explore an entire year of events from New Jersey's history. Local historians Joseph Bilby, James Madden and Harry Ziegler chronicle the state's most intriguing and monumental moments--one for each date on the calendar.

Hidden History of Maritime New Jersey

By Captain Stephen D. Nagiewicz

The History Press
Released: 2016-04-25
Paperback (176 pages)

Hidden History of Maritime New Jersey
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An estimated three thousand shipwrecks lie off the coast of New Jersey--but these icy waters hold more mysteries than sunken hulls. Ancient arrowheads found on the shoreline of Sandy Hook reveal Native American settlement before the land was flooded by melting glaciers. In 1854, 240 passengers of the New Era clipper ship met their fate off Deal Beach. Nobody knows what happened to two hydrogen bombs the United States Air Force lost near Atlantic City in 1957. Lessons from such tragic wrecks and dangerous missteps urged the development of safer ships and the U.S. Coast Guard. Captain Stephen D. Nagiewicz uncovers curious tales of storms, heroism and oddities from New Jersey's maritime past.

Hidden History of New Jersey

By Joseph G. Bilby & Harry Ziegler

The History Press
Released: 2011-10-01
Paperback (160 pages)

Hidden History of New Jersey
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Explore the lesser-known stories that make up New Jersey's compelling hidden history. Uncover the meaning of Jersey Blues," celebrate some of the state's bravest Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers and investigate Jersey City's most infamous ghost. From the inferno that engulfed Asbury Park, to the benevolent side of Frank Hague, to the equestrienne who plunged forty feet into a pool of water on horseback in Atlantic City, rediscover these and many other events from New Jersey's storied past."

Founders of New Jersey: First Settlements, Colonists and Biographies by Descendants

By Evelyn Hunt Ogden

Descendants of Founders of New Jersey
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Founders of New Jersey: First Settlements, Colonists and Biographies by Descendants
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Descendants of founders of New Jersey reside within the state, across the nation and around the world. Explore the lives and motivations of the men and women who colonized the state through colonial records, settlement histories, and biographies providing interesting insights into the early culture and development of the state. Family historians, genealogists, and historical researchers will value the documentation of 2000 17th and early 18th century colonists, events, settlements, grantors, grantees, deed holders, signers of patents, ship passengers and Native American sellers of land. Descendants of Founders of New Jersey is an organization dedicated to preserving New Jersey’s rich heritage. We hope this book inspires other descendants of New Jersey’s pioneers to join Descendants of Founders of New Jersey (www.njfounders.org) and to memorialize their New Jersey roots.

The History of Diners in New Jersey (American Palate)

By Michael C. Gabriele

The History Press
Released: 2013-09-24
Paperback (168 pages)

The History of Diners in New Jersey (American Palate)
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The silver Airstreams and neon signs of the classic American diner brighten New Jersey's highways and Main Streets. But the intrinsic role they have played in the state's culture and industry for more than one hundred years is much more than eggs-over-easy and coffee. Diners are the state's ultimate gathering places--at any moment, high school students, CEOs, construction workers and tourists might be found at a counter chatting with the waitresses and line cooks. Jerseyans yearn for lost favorites like the Excellent Diner and Prout's Diner and still gather at beloved haunts like the Bendix and Tick Tock Diners. Although the industry is all but gone today, New Jersey was once the hub of diner manufacturing, making mobile eateries that fed hungry Americans as far away as the West Coast. Author Michael C. Gabriele offers this delicious history--collected from interviews with owners, patrons and experts--and indulges in many fond memories of New Jersey diners.

Hidden History of the Irish of New Jersey

By Tom Fox

Brand: The History Press
Released: 2011-02-18
Paperback (128 pages)

Hidden History of the Irish of New Jersey
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The Irish have a long and proud history in America, and New Jersey is no exception. Beginning with the first Irish immigrants who settled in every corner of the state, this vital ethnic community has left an indelible mark on all facets of life in the Garden State. New Jersey's Irish natives expressed their own discontent over British oppression by fighting alongside colonists in the American Revolution. Brave Fenians fought to preserve their new home in the Civil War. New Jersey's Irish also have become professional athletes, Unites States representatives, religious leaders, spies and business trailblazers. Author and Irish heritage researcher Tom Fox relays these and other stories that demonstrate the importance of Ireland to the development of New Jersey and the United States.

Ghost Towns of New Jersey: A Tour of Our Forgotten Places

By Timothy Regan

Schiffer
Hardcover (112 pages)

Ghost Towns of New Jersey: A Tour of Our Forgotten Places
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Explore over 18 beloved ghost towns in New Jersey through over 200 black and white and color photographs, historic vignettes, and touring information. These are some of the oldest and best-preserved ghost towns in America, from the Revolutionary Ironworks of Long Pond to the forgotten village of Chestnut Neck. Stop by Walpack Center, the loneliest and most remote town nestled in the corner of Northwest New Jersey. Visit Allaire Village, a wonderful excursion for the family with living history and live-steam train rides. See Whitesbog, a still-active Cranberry operation with a great general store. Discover the past and what led to the rise, fall, and preservation of these historic places. Packed with historic photographs, maps, and well-researched text, this is a tour you will want to take time and time again. Towns include Atsion, Batsto, Pleasant Mills, Feltville, Smithville, Double Trouble, Waterloo, Sandy Hook, Phalanx, Greenwich Landing, and more.

History of the New Jersey Highway Patrol 1906-1984

By David A Bey & Charles R. Bob Cooper

Independently published
Paperback (161 pages)

History of the New Jersey Highway Patrol 1906-1984
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This book will Chronicle the history of the New Jersey Highway Patrol from it's beginning in 1906 with only three full-time inspectors supplemented by four unpaid Special Inspectors to its 1984 merger of 125 Inspectors into the ranks of the New Jersey State Police. It will also memorialize the progression of its history from their Navy uniforms to the black and gray uniforms on their final uniforms of the blue and gold. It will create a lasting record of the duties, training, equipment and men who had the distinction of calling themselves Motor Vehicle Inspectors of the New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles Highway Patrol.

Roadside Geology of New Jersey

By David P. Harper

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Roadside Geology of New Jersey
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From the glacially scoured quartzite ridge that hosts the Appalachian Trail to the spectacular columnar basalt of Orange Mountain, New Jersey packs a boatload of geology into a small area. Its nineteenth-century marl pits were the birthplace of American vertebrate paleontology, bog iron deposits in the Pinelands were used to produce cannonballs for the Revolutionary War, world-famous fluorescent minerals are found with zinc deposits in the Franklin Marble, and the coastal plain sediments contain convincing evidence of the meteorite impact that killed the dinosaurs. This absorbing book opens with an overview of the state’s geologic history and proceeds with 13 road guides that unearth the stories behind the state’s rocks, sediments, and barrier islands. More than just a guide, Roadside Geology of New Jersey is chock-full of insightful discussions on such timely topics as sea level rise, climate change, and uranium mining. Get the scoop on why so much sand moves during superstorms such as hurricane Sandy, and learn about more than a century of efforts to stabilize the beaches along the Jersey Shore.


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