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New in New Jersey
New Jersey: A History of the Garden State
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
7:00 pm – 8:30 p.m.
Morristown & Morris Township Library
Featured Speakers: Paul Israel, Brian Greenberg,
Maxine Lurie, Richard Veit
Friday, May 2, 2014
2:00 pm – 3:30 p.m.
Atlantic County Library System - Mays Landing Branch
Featured Speakers: Graham Hodges, Howard Gillette,
Maxine Lurie, Richard Veit
Saturday, May 17, 2014
2:00 pm – 3:30 p.m.
Monmouth County Library - Headquarters, Manalapan,
Featured Speakers: Paul Israel, Brian Greenberg,
Larry Greene, Maxine Lurie
Join some of New Jersey’s leading archaeologists, political, social, and economic historians as they provide new perspectives on how the Garden State evolved. New Jersey: A History of the Garden
State presents a fresh, comprehensive overview of New Jersey’s history from the prehistoric era to
The book explores New Jersey’s rich Native American heritage, complex colonial history, role in the American Revolution, debates over slavery, role in industrialization and technological advancements, urbanization, social and political tension, and role in immigration. Featured speakers include Maxine Lurie, Richard Veit, Paul Israel, Larry Greene, Howard Gillette, Graham Hodges, and Brian Greenberg.
Visit Rutgers University Press to read more about New Jersey: A History of the Garden State.
About the Authors
Howard Gillette is Professor of History Emeritus at Rutgers University-Camden and has specialized in modern U.S. history, with a special interest in urban and regional development. His latest book, Civitas by Design: Building Better Communities from the Garden City to the New Urbanism
, was published by the University of Pennsylvania press in 2010. His book, Camden After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City
, also published by the University of Pennsylvania Press (2005), received best book awards from the Urban History Association and the New Jersey Historical Commission.
Previously he taught at George Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees in American Studies from Yale University. Professor Gillette is immediate past director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities. His work in public history has included a role as a founder and first director of the Center for Washington Area Studies at the George Washington University and as editor of Washington History
, the journal of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
He currently serves on the editorial board of New Jersey History and the Journal of Planning History
. He is a past president of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History and a former board member of the Historical Society of Washington and the Camden County Historical Society. He is the author, among other works, of Between Justice and Beauty: Race, Planning, and the Failure of Urban Policy in Washington, D.C.
(Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995), and he currently serves as co-editor, with Charlene Mires and Randall Miller, of the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia
Larry Greene is a Fulbright Scholar who received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and is a professor of history at Seton Hall University. Greene is the former chair of the University’s History Department and is the former director of its Multicultural Program. Greene is currently a member of the board of the New Jersey Historical Commission where he once served as its chair.
He has served on the editorial board of the recent publication Encyclopedia of New Jersey
, the New Jersey State Historical Records Advisory Board, the History Advisory Committee of the New York Historical Society, and the editorial board of the Journal of Negro History
. Greene has been the author and editor of numerous publications on the subject of African American history, and has been particularly active in contributing to the historiography of topics such as slavery and the Harlem Renaissance. The New Jersey Historical Commission published Greene’s co-authored The New Jersey African American History Curriculum Guide
(which is now on-line).
In addition, Greene is the co-editor with Anke Ortlepp (University of Munich) of Germans and African Americans: Two Centuries of Exchange
(University Press of Mississippi). In honor of his achievements, Greene has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities' Summer Institute on American Urban History and its Summer Institute on Afro-American Religion, the Schomburg Center for Scholars in Residence Program, the New Jersey Department of Higher Education's Humanities grant program, as well as the Mellon Foundation and the National Fellowship Fund.
Graham Russell Gao Hodges
Graham Russell Gao Hodges is the George Dorland Langdon, Jr. Professor of History and Africana Studies at Colgate University. He is the author or editor of sixteen books including David Ruggles: A Radical Black Abolitionist and the Underground Railroad in New York City
(University of North Carolina Press, 2010), which won the Hortense Simmons Prize for best book from the Underground Railroad Free Press.
He is also the author of Root & Branch: African Americans in New York and East Jersey
, 1613-1863 (University of North Carolina Press, 1999) and Slavery and Freedom in the Rural North: African Americans in Monmouth County, New Jersey, 1660-1870
(Madison House Books, 1997).
He is currently working on a new history on a history of African Americans in New Jersey, 1600-Present, to be published by Rutgers University for the New Jersey Historical Commission to commemorate the state’s 350th anniversary in 2016.
Maxine N. Lurie
Maxine N. Lurie holds a B.A. from Alfred University, an M.A. from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. She has taught at Marquette
University, Rutgers University, and Seton Hall University (from 1993 to 2010). An Early American historian, she has taught and written about New Jersey history for twenty-seven years.
Although retired she continues to teach, is actively involved in several research projects, and in the history community in New Jersey. She is the author of a number of scholarly articles in New Jersey History, The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
and other publications, encyclopedia entries in American National Biography
and other works. Professor Lurie is the co-editor of The Minutes of the East Jersey Board of Proprietors
(1985) v. 4; editor of The New Jersey Anthology
(first edition 1994, 2nd edition 2010); and co-editor-in-chief with Marc Mappen of The Encyclopedia of New Jersey
She has written chapters, all on New Jersey, for The Uniting States: The Story of Statehood for the Fifty United States
(2004), New Jersey in the American Revolution
(2005), and Constructing Early Modern Empires: Proprietary Ventures in the Atlantic World
, 1500-1750 (2007). She also worked with Peter Wacker and Michael Siegel on Mapping New Jersey
(2009); and most recently with Richard Veit editing New Jersey: A History of the Garden State
(2012). She and Veit are now working on an illustrated history of New Jersey.
Lurie is chair of the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance, chair of the New Jersey Historical Commission and also of its 350th Anniversary Committee, and is a member of the State Historic Records Advisory Board. She served on the Executive Committee of the Mid Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, the Teaching Division of the American Historical
Association, and was chair of the AHA-OAH Committee on Part Time/Adjunct Faculty. Lurie has received several awards including, in 1997 the Richard J. Hughes award from the New
Jersey Historical Commission.
Paul Israel is the Director and General Editor of the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers University. Dr. Israel came east more than three decades ago to do research for a book on
Thomas Edison and the electric light. After he joined the staff of the Edison Papers, he earned his Ph.D. in history from Rutgers. He became director of the project in 2002. In 2005 the Edison Papers received a special retrospective Eugene S. Ferguson Prize from the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) as an outstanding and original reference work published since the founding of SHOT in 1958. In 2000, SHOT awarded Dr. Israel the prestigious Dexter Prize for Edison: A Life of Invention
(John Wiley & Sons, 1998).
In the book, Israel shows how Edison transformed invention into a modern process of innovation by carefully managing his inventions, overseeing their market uses, and involving himself in profits and promotions. His other books include From Machine Shop to Industrial Laboratory: Telegraphy and the Changing Context of American Invention
, 1830-1920 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992) and Edison's Electric Light: The Art of Invention
(Johns Hopkins University Press; published as Edison's Electric Light: Biography of an Invention
by Rutgers University Press, 1986), written with Robert Friedel.
Israel is a frequent consultant and contributor to projects seeking material about Edison and invention, including nearly thirty television and radio documentaries. He contributed the chapter “The Garden Sate Becomes an Industrial Power: New Jersey in the Nineteenth” to Maxine N. Lurie and Richard Veit (eds.), New Jersey: A History of the Garden State
(Rutgers University Press, 2012). He is an active member of the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance and serves on the Publications and Scholarship Committee of NJ350.
Brian Greenberg is the Jules Plangere, Jr. Chair in American Social History at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ. His most recent publications include, (with Linda S.Watts) Social History of the United States: The 1900s
and (with Leon Fink) Upheaval in the Quiet Zone: 1199SEIU and the Politics of Health Care Unionism
. He has also published works on industrialization in Albany, New York and other labor and social history topics.
Professor Greenberg has taught at Lehman College, Princeton University, and the University of Delaware where he served as director of the Hagley Program in the History of Industrial America. He earned an M.A. at the State University of New York at Albany and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. At Monmouth he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the Rise of Modern America, Law and American Society, Labor History, and the History of Public Policy in the United States.
He has served numerous times as a grant reviewer for the N. J. Historical Commission, has been a consultant for Historic Cherry Hill in Albany, N.Y., and is Chair of the Barbara Wertheimer and Bernard Bellush Prize Committee of the New York Labor History Association. Professor Greenberg has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Museum Act, the Philadelphia Center for Early American Studies, and the Newberry Library.