Jerseyana: The Underside of New Jersey History

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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.

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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 Illustrations
From Prehistory to 1799
The Walam Olum 3
Trenton Man 6
The Man Who Discovered New Jersey 10
Conquered by New York 14
The First Bribe 17
The Witches of Burlington County 22
The Burglary of the Treasury 25
Tories 28
Lee at Monmouth 32
The Hanging of Captain Huddy 36
Trenton, N.J., Was Almost Washington, D.C. 40
Free White Males Only 44
She Never Lost Her Scars 48
The Buried Treasure Hoax 53
Aunt Polly among the Indians 57
Nineteenth Century
Alexander Hamilton in the Emergency Room 63
Jumping to the Wrong Conclusion 67
The Beautiful Cigar Girl 71
Dorothea Dix Visits the Lunatics 74
Getting Wrong with Lincoln 77
Jeff Davis and the Jersey Doctor 81
The Treasurer and the Bandits 85
Poor Mary Pomeroy 89
A President Dies in Jersey 92
The Great Eccentric 98
Blasphemy on Trial 103
"To Sherlock Holmes, She Is Always the Woman" 108
President Hobart? It Might Have Been 112
Twentieth Century
Paterson Man Kills King 119
The Clifton Avenue Horror 122
The Traitor State 126
A Minor Murder 130
The Professor and the Boss 134
Mrs. Minerva Miller Goes to the Movies 138
The Crime of the Kallikaks 142
The Paterson Pageant 146
Should Women Vote? 150
The Secret War 155
The War to End War Ended in Somerset County 158
Jersey City Tastes Glory 162
The Klan 166
"I Am the Law" 171
Keeping New Jersey Sober 176
What the Pig Woman Saw 180
The Radium Girls 185
Georgia on His Mind 189
Was Hauptmann Guilty? 192
The Chop House Rubout 198
The Hindenburg 201
Swastikas in Sussex County 205
The First Week of the War 210
Longie 214
Fighting Communism in the Garden State 218
The Best and the Worst Governors 222
Suggestions for Further Reading 233
Index 243
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2004

    funny book on details of nj history through the years

    i found this book by chance and found it interesting and funny. great story on burr and hamilton duel

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