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Tracing the changes in environment, land use patterns, demography, transportation, economy, and politics over the course of many centuries, Mapping New Jerseyilluminates the state's transformation from a simple agricultural society to a post-industrial and culturally diverse place inhabited by more people per acre than anywhere else in the country.
An innovator in transportation, from railroads to traffic circles to aviation, New Jersey from its beginnings was a "corridor" state, with a dense Native American trail system once crisscrossed on foot, country roads traveled by armies of the American Revolution, and, lately, the rolling wheels of many sedans, SUVs, hybrids, public and commercial vehicles, and freight. Early to industrialize, it also served as the headquarters for Thomas Edison and the development of the modern American economy. Small in territory and crowded with people, the state works to recycle garbage and, at the same time, best utilize and preserve its land.
New Jersey has been depicted in useful and quite stunning historical maps, many of the best included in Mapping New Jerseyùcrude maps drawn by sixteenth-century navigators; complex and beautifully decorated pieces created by early Dutch cartographers; land maps plotted by seventeenth-century English settlement surveyors; examples of the nineteenth century's scientific revolution in map making that helped locate topography and important mineral resources; detailed insurance maps that correct London map maker William Faden's 1777-78 classic rendering of the state; and aerial photos, remote sensing, and global positioning system maps generated through twenty-first-century technology breakthroughs in cartography.
Integrating new maps, graphs, and diagrams unavailable through ordinary research or Internet searches, Mapping New Jersey is divided into six topical chapters, each accompanied by an introduction and overview telling the story of the state's past and detailing its diversity. Mapping New Jersey, dramatically bold and in full color, travels where New Jersey has gone and the rest of the nation is likely to follow.
"Visually stunning. Siegel's creations for Mapping New Jersey show everything from state wetlands, forests, farmland and major rivers to railroads in 1860, Cold War missile sites, median home values and the number of languages (186) spoken in New Jersey schools."
— Peter Genovese
"As a life-long resident, I am a big fan of New Jersey history, and can't get enough of it. If you are like me, you'll love this big, coffee-table-sized book."
— Cliff Moore
Chapter 1: Environment
Introduction: David A. Robinson
Landforms: Charles A. Stansfield
Soils: John C. F. Tedrow and Peter O. Wacker
Weather and Climate of New Jersey: David A. Robinson
Natural Hazards: James K. Mitchell
Coastal Change: Thomas O. Herrington
Vegetation and Wildlife:, Rick Lathrop
Water Resources: Robert M. Hordon
Chapter 2: Land Use
Introduction: Harbans Singh
Settlement Patterns: Peter O. Wacker
The Megapolitan Transformation: Michael H. Ebner
Planned and Utopian Communities: Maxine N. Lurie
Dynamics of New Jersey Agriculture: Robert M. Goodman and Arthur R. Brown, Jr.
Land Renewal: Superfund Sites, Brownfields, and Grayfields, Michael Greenberg
Vacant Buildable Land: Henry J. Mayer
Chapter 3: Demography
Introduction, Briavel Holcomb
Indians, Lorraine Williams
African Americans, Giles R. Wright
Religious Diversity, Frank L. Greenagel
Age and Gender, Briavel Holcomb
Health and Medicine, Karen Reeds
Education, David Hespe
Chapter 4: Transportation
Introduction: Peter O. Wacker
The Era of Straight Roads: Robert Craig
Railroads: John T. Cunningham
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey: Jameson W. Doig
Journey to Work (and Elsewhere): Peter O. Wacker
Chapter 5: The Economy
Introduction: James W. Hughes and Joseph J. Seneca
Extractive Industries: Richard Veit
Fishing: Bonnie J. McCay
Clay, Brick, and Glass: Richard Veit
Early Milling and Water Power: Richard W. Hunter
Tourism, Leisure, Hospitality in New Jersey: Briavel Holcomb
Chapter 6: History and Politics
Introduction: Joseph R. Marbach
New Jersey's Boundaries: Maxine N. Lurie
Military History: Mark Edward Lender
Women in New Jersey Politics: Debbie Walsh
Land as Politics and the Politics of Land: Maxine N. Lurie