New Jersey is ... a gem. Rich in beauty and rich in history, the Garden State has proven itself special through the years. This state is a place of extremes, including the largest seaport in the United States and the most diners. It draws people from all over the world to live and to visit. In fact, New Jersey is the most densely populated American state, averaging thirteen times more people per square mile than the national average. These people have brought with them their cultures, their talents, and their dreams. They have shaped the way of life in New Jersey just as they have shaped the soil, and they have made New Jersey the great state it is today.
Table of Contents
New Jersey Is ... 6 Chapter 1 Geography: Hills, Valleys, and Beaches 9 The Rugged Northwest The Piedmont The Atlantic Coastal Plain New Jersey Wildlife Changing Seasons Protecting the Environment Chapter 2 History: Mighty New Jersey 27 The Lenape The Explorers The Settlers England Rules A Settler's Life Growth Means Change The Revolutionary War Becoming an Industrial Leader The Civil War Flourishing Industries Wars and Depression New Jersey Today Chapter 3 People: A Melting Pot 51 Suburbs and Small Towns Big Cities Celebrating Diversity Many People, Little Land A Religious Mix Favorite Pastimes Chapter 4 Government: Rules and Roles 69 Inside Government Laws for Young People Chapter 5 Economy: An Economic Tapestry 77 Services and More New Jersey in the Global Economy Coping with Hard Times Chapter 6 Landmarks: A Garden State Tour 85 Northern New Jersey Central New Jersey Southern New Jersey Coastal New Jersey State Survey 105 Find Out More 139 Index 141