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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.
Posted May 30, 2004
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.