New Jersey: A History of the Garden State

New Jersey: A History of the Garden State

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by Maxine N. Lurie
     
 

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New Jersey: A History of the Garden State is a fresh and comprehensive overview of New Jersey’s history from the prehistoric era to the present. The findings of archaeologists, political, social, and economic historians are brought together to offer a new look at the ways in which the Garden State has changed over time. From its pivotal role in the

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New Jersey: A History of the Garden State is a fresh and comprehensive overview of New Jersey’s history from the prehistoric era to the present. The findings of archaeologists, political, social, and economic historians are brought together to offer a new look at the ways in which the Garden State has changed over time. From its pivotal role in the American Revolution to its modern-day suburbs and cities, this book shows how the small state of New Jersey is often a bellwether for the nation.

Editorial Reviews

Star-Ledger

"Maxine Lurie and Richard Veit do more than just connect the chronological dots of our sprawling history from the first Lenape inhabitants 12,000 years ago to today’s hectic lifestyles. They’ve culled the talents of 11 scholars and combined their insights and expertise into a resource intended for both students and a general audience. The editors introduce and contextualize a yeasty mix of characters—loyalists, revolutionaries, Federalists, Republicans (soon to be Democrats), Whigs, abolitionists, plutocrats, inventors, reformers, bosses (think Frank Hague) — into nicely organized chapters ranging from the pre-colonial up to suburbanization and cities in distress. This being New Jersey, though, the volume is not without inflections of whimsy."
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Paul G. E. Clemens

"These essays tell us about what was unique, significant, and not always well-known about New Jersey’s colorful, diverse past, and they relate its history to the contours of American history more generally."
Asbury Park Press

"There's so much history in this state, it's hard to pack it into one book. But that's just what Maxine N. Lurie and Richard Veit attempted in New Jersey:  A History of the Garden State, the first overview of the state in 35 years."
Choice

"These ten essays, strung on a historical time line from precolonial times to the present, give most of the contributing historians a change to highlight their particular geographic and period expertise, with hints of a relationship with large, persistent themes like industrial innovation, political corruption, or racial or gender inequality. Recommended."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813554099
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
11/07/2012
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
910,869
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 4.00(d)

Meet the Author

MAXINE N. LURIE is professor emerita of history at Seton Hall University. She coedited Encyclopedia of New Jersey and Mapping New Jersey and edited A New Jersey Anthology, now in its second edition (all Rutgers University Press).

 RICHARD VEIT, a professor in the department of history and anthropology at Monmouth University, is the author of Digging New Jersey’s Past and and co-author of New Jersey Cemeteries and Tombstones: History in the Landscape (both Rutgers University Press).

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