Jerseyana: The Underside of New Jersey History

Jerseyana: The Underside of New Jersey History

by Marc Mappen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813518199

ISBN-13: 9780813518190

Pub. Date: 10/19/1992

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Readers of the New Jersey section of the Sunday New York Times eagerly look forward to Marc Mappen's astonishing tales of New Jersey history. Jerseyana is his first collection of these popular monthly columns. Here you will meet villains like Dutch Schultz, the mobster gunned down in a Newark gangland rubout, and heroes like Minerva Miller, a black woman who

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Readers of the New Jersey section of the Sunday New York Times eagerly look forward to Marc Mappen's astonishing tales of New Jersey history. Jerseyana is his first collection of these popular monthly columns. Here you will meet villains like Dutch Schultz, the mobster gunned down in a Newark gangland rubout, and heroes like Minerva Miller, a black woman who fought segregation at the turn of the century. There are famous events, like the explosion of Hindenburg, and obscure ones, like the assassination of the king of Italy by an anarchist from Paterson. There are amusing stories, like a buried treasure hoax in Morristown after the Revolutionary War, bizarre stories like the fact that the discoverer of New Jersey was allegedly devoured by cannibals, and dramatic stories, like the Jersey woman who survived Indian captivity. 

Arranged chronologically, these columns constitute a lively New Jersey perspective on American history. Individual essays deal with major themes in American history and how they affected New Jersey:  the colonial era, the Revolution, Civil War and Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, the Progressive Era, World War I, the '20s and '30s, World War II, McCarthyism, women's history, and black history.

Each of the fifty-four columns in this book stands as a colorful exploration in history. Together they constitute a sweeping survey of our state's rich heritage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813518190
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
10/19/1992
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsxi
Prefacexiii
From Prehistory to 1799
The Walam Olum3
Trenton Man6
The Man Who Discovered New Jersey10
Conquered by New York14
The First Bribe17
The Witches of Burlington County22
The Burglary of the Treasury25
Tories28
Lee at Monmouth32
The Hanging of Captain Huddy36
Trenton, N.J., Was Almost Washington, D.C.40
Free White Males Only44
She Never Lost Her Scars48
The Buried Treasure Hoax53
Aunt Polly among the Indians57
Nineteenth Century
Alexander Hamilton in the Emergency Room63
Jumping to the Wrong Conclusion67
The Beautiful Cigar Girl71
Dorothea Dix Visits the Lunatics74
Getting Wrong with Lincoln77
Jeff Davis and the Jersey Doctor81
The Treasurer and the Bandits85
Poor Mary Pomeroy89
A President Dies in Jersey92
The Great Eccentric98
Blasphemy on Trial103
"To Sherlock Holmes, She Is Always the Woman"108
President Hobart? It Might Have Been112
Twentieth Century
Paterson Man Kills King119
The Clifton Avenue Horror122
The Traitor State126
A Minor Murder130
The Professor and the Boss134
Mrs. Minerva Miller Goes to the Movies138
The Crime of the Kallikaks142
The Paterson Pageant146
Should Women Vote?150
The Secret War155
The War to End War Ended in Somerset County158
Jersey City Tastes Glory162
The Klan166
"I Am the Law"171
Keeping New Jersey Sober176
What the Pig Woman Saw180
The Radium Girls185
Georgia on His Mind189
Was Hauptmann Guilty?192
The Chop House Rubout198
The Hindenburg201
Swastikas in Sussex County205
The First Week of the War210
Longie214
Fighting Communism in the Garden State218
The Best and the Worst Governors222
Suggestions for Further Reading233
Index243

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