Encyclopedia of New Jersey

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The Encyclopedia of New Jersey is the most extensive reference work ever published on the Garden State. The Encyclopedia contains nearly 3,000 original articles, along with 585 illustrations and 130 maps, collecting a wealth of information about the state in one volume. The Encyclopedia is filled with fascinating and interesting entries ranging from New Jersey's earliest history to the present. For example-Did you know that New Jersey was once divided into two parts-East Jersey and West Jersey? That streptomycin was first isolated at Rutgers University? Or that the first vote cast by an African American under the Fifteenth Amendment was in Perth Amboy? How about that New Jersey was the site of the first intercollegiate football game? These facts, and thousands more, can be found in the pages of the Encyclopedia of New Jersey. This volume will provide the answers to questions about New Jersey that you never even knew you had!

Whether you are merely perusing the pages or are researching a particular subject, the Encyclopedia of New Jersey is your definitive source for information on the Garden State, covering a broad range of subject areas, including Architecture, decorative arts, painting, and sculpture, biographies, business and economics, communications and media, education, ethnicity, folklore, museums, and theater, geography, history, government, law, politics, and public policy, literature, medicine and health, municipalities and counties, recreation and sports, religion, science and technology, transportation, and many more subjects.

Everything you've ever wanted to know about the Garden State can now be found in one place: the Encyclopedia of New Jersey. Nearly 3,000original entries, along with 585 illustrations and 130 maps, catalog a wealth of information on the state from its earliest history to the present. Topics covered include architecture, arts and entertainment, biographies of famous New Jerseyans, business and industry, ethnic groups, geography, history, municipalities and counties, science and technology, sports and recreation, and much more.

Every New Jersey county and town has its own entry. Native Americans and ethnic groups are explored, as are religious, political, historical, and cultural organizations.

Comprehensive lists range from historic sites to hospitals, from nature centers to missile sites. You can find profiles of poets and painters, athletes and astronauts, governors and generals from. Historic triumphs like the Revolutionary War's Battle of Trenton and tragedies like the Hindenberg explosion are chronicled.

Encyclopedia articles examine the role of past and present-day commerce, from glassmaking and mining to pharmaceuticals and high-tech industries. Roads and rivers, tunnels and bridges?if they get you from here to there, you'll find them in this volume. The book charts demographic shifts, voter turnout, and suburban sprawl. Landmark legal cases, such as Megan's Law and the Mount Laurel decisions, are also covered.

Readers will find entries on native plants and animals, water resources and soil types. And, of course, this is the place to find the state bird, insect, flag, flower, seal, and tree, just in case you need a refresher.

Overseen by an editorial board composed of distinguished experts in a variety of fields and edited by two leading specialists in New Jersey history, the Encyclopedia of New Jersey is an indispensable resource for both the scholar and the general reader. Anyone interested in the history, culture, and diverse life of New Jersey should own this book. It is the most definitive reference work ever published on the state.

Maxine N. Lurie is an associate professor and chair of the history department at Seton Hall University. She is the editor of A New Jersey Anthology. Marc Mappen is the executive director of the New Jersey Historical Commission and author of Jerseyana: The Underside of New Jersey History.

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Library Journal
This wide-ranging and detail-rich A-to-Z on the Garden State is possibly the most comprehensive encyclopedia available on the subject. The editors, who have both previously authored books about New Jersey, cover the gamut of topics, from history, science, and technology to arts, business, and sports. With its rather lengthy 3000 entries, 130 simple but clear maps, and nearly 600 illustrations, some of which are in color, this is one reference that no library in New Jersey should be without. Libraries in the tri-state area should also consider, as should all other larger public and academic libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813533254
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 958
  • Sales rank: 695,864
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.34 (h) x 1.82 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2004

    Good cawfee table book

    This book contains plenty of trivial facts about the Garden State. New Jerset residents need this book to help explain our state's misgivings and rewards. There is even an entry for Jersey Jokes!

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