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Print Publications

New Jersey History Series
The following titles may be ordered from:
Classics Bookstore
117 South Warren Street
Trenton NJ 08608;
One State in Arms:
A Short Military History of New Jersey

by Mark Edward Lender

This study looks at the military and New Jersey from the colonial period through the 1980s. This military history is something more than guns and battlers. Rather, it encompasses the broad interactions of military affairs with the lives of the people of New Jersey -- the raising and maintaining of armies, the building of military posts, the economic and social effects of war.

1991 - 131 pp. paper. illus. notes. bibliog.
ISBN 0-89743-077-8 
The Uses of Abundance:
A History of New Jersey's Economy

by Paul G. E. Clemens

This volume focuses on two fundamental transitions. The first is New Jersey's transition from an agricultural economy to an industrial economy; the second is the shift from a producer society to a consumer society. One purpose of this work is to explain these fundamental changes, the other is to understand the economic history of the state in human terms.

1992 - 108 pp. paper. illus. notes. bibliog. charts.
ISBN 0-89743-078-6
The Indians of New Jersey

by Gregory Evans Dowd

A brief history of New Jersey's Native Americans from the prehistoric period to the present. The book contrasts the cyclical pattern of Lenape culture with the European idea of progress. It describes the social, technological, and economic patterns of New Jersey's Indians and shows how the arrival of the Europeans devastated those patterns. It chronicles the Indians' departure and migrations and outlines their present circumstances. It also briefly discusses people of Native American ancestry living in New Jersey today.

1992 - paper. illus. notes. bibliog.
ISBN 0-89743-079-4
Immigration and Ethnicity in New Jersey History

by Douglas V. Shaw

The peopling of New Jersey since the Europeans began to colonize it in the 17th century. Before 1840 most immigrants came from northern Europe, especially Britain, and created a distinctive "native stock" that all subsequent immigrants had to blend into, coexist, or resist.

1994 - 88 pp. paper. illus. notes. bibliog.
ISBN 0-89743-080-8
New Jersey Architecture

by Susanne C. Hand

A look at the state's architecture in the context of general trends in American history and American architectural history. After a general introduction to architecture and its terminology, the book discusses New Jersey building in chronological periods. Regional culture, environmental conditions, and the available materials fostered distinctive New Jersey developments in the early years. Later, new building technologies and improved communication and transportation softened regional differences but also made new types of architecture generally available. The principal building types of each period are described and illustrated.

1995 - 100 pp. paper. illus. glossary. notes. bibliog.
ISBN 0-89743-081-6
Workers in New Jersey History

by Joseph Gowaskie

This book examines the unexplored topic of New Jersey's workers, tracing the changing nature of the work process and how workers responded from the colonial era to the present. Gowaskie divides New Jersey history into broad chronological periods and asks: "What were the major developments involving workers and their work during this era?"

1996 - 91 pp. paper. illus. notes. bibliog.
ISBN 0-89743-083-2
Arts and Entertainment in New Jersey

by Hildreth York and Mary R. Murrin

Looks at New Jersey's lively entertainment and arts life from the seventeenth century to the present. It discusses visual and performance arts -- painting, sculpture, dance, theater, and music -- and three forms of popular entertainment -- radio, television, and cinema. The authors make the point that this lively cultural milieu is in part due to New Jersey's location between New York City and Philadelphia, as well as the area's ethnic diversity.

1997 - 111 pp. paper. illus. notes. bibiog.
ISBN 0-89743-084-0
An Ecological History of New Jersey

by Charles A. Stansfield, Jr.

Focuses on ecological situations and problems in several representative time periods: the era when the Lenape Indians were the states' sole inhabitants, the colonial period, the mid-nineteenth century, and the modern period. The author discusses the different cultural landscapes and how people have altered the ecosystem and used, modified, and often abused the landscape around them.

1997 - 85 pp. paper. illus. glossary. notes. bibliog.
ISBN 0-89743-085-9
New Jersey Women:
A History of Their Status, Roles, and Images

by Carmela Ascolese Karnoutsos

Focuses on the efforts of New Jersey women to achieve better lives for themselves and their families and a greater voice in society, which they gained through employment, work in reform and social welfare, and political activism. A separate chapter on women's clothing discusses what clothing can tell us about attitudes towards women.

1997 - 122pp. paper. illus. notes. bibliog.
ISBN 0-89743-086-7
The Development of New Jersey's Society

by Joel Schwartz

A brief social history of the state "from its beginnings as a forest frontier to its present metropolitan sprawl." Schwartz examines New Jersey as a province of the British Empire from the 1660s to the 1770s; as a preindustrial social order from the 1780s to the 1870s; as an urban-industrial society from the 1880s to the 1950s; and as a postindustrial society over the past thirty years.

1998 - 106 pp. paper. illus. notes. bibliog.
ISBN 0-89743-088-3
Reshaping New Jersey:
A History of Its Government and Politic

by Stanley N. Worton

Examines the state's long and varied political history, how its government evolved, why it developed as it did, who had power, and who had none. Provides readers with a window on the immediate impact on all New Jerseyans of state politics, political conflict, corruption and reform.

1998 - 106 pp. paper. illus. notes. bibliog.
ISBN 0-89743-088-3
New Jersey Ethnic History Pamphlet Series
The following titles may be ordered from:
Classics Bookstore
117 South Warren Street
Trenton NJ 08608;
Series Editor: Howard L. Green
The Reasons for Migrating

by Giles R. Wright

The forces that have caused people to leave their homelands and the attractions that have drawn them to New Jersey. This book has brief section on the history of United States immigration policy.

1986 - 72 pp. paper. illus. bibliog.
ISBN 0-89743-066-2
$1.50 No. 1

Arrival and Settlement in a New Place

by Giles R. Wright

The ways people handle problems associated with settling in an alien culture.

1986 - 76 pp. paper. illus. bibliog.
ISBN 0-89743-068-9
$1.50 No. 3
Schooling and Education

by Giles R. Wright with Howard L. Green and Lee R. Parks

The effects of American education on the traditional ethnic life patterns and values of immigrants.

1987 - 70 pp. paper. illus. bibliog.
ISBN 0-89743-069-7
$1.50 No. 4

by Giles R. Wright and Howard L. Green

The ways newcomers establish themselves in a new economy, often starting at low wages in unskilled jobs.

1987 - 82 pp. paper. illus. bibliog.
ISBN 0-89743-072-7

$1.50 No. 7
What is Ethnicity?

by Howard L. Green and Lee R. Parks

Several definitions of "ethnicity," outlining the long-standing debate about whether the United States is a "melting pot," a cultural destroyer, or a society of true diversity.

1987 - 86 pp. paper. illus. bibliog.
ISBN 089743-073-5
$1.50 No. 8
Other Titles
The following titles may be ordered from:
Classics Bookstore
117 South Warren Street
Trenton NJ 08608
Afro-Americans in New Jersey:
A Short History

by Giles Wright

This book surveys the long Afro-American past in New Jersey, from the colonial era to the late 20th century. Topics include the black migrations from the south, slavery and abolition, and the civil rights movement. The appendix examines population trends.

1988 - 100 pp. paper. illus, bibliog.
ISBN 0-89743-075-1.
The Governors of New Jersey, 1664-1974:
Biographical Essays

edited by Paul A. Stellhorn and Michael J. Birkner

Forty-nine specialists in New Jersey history have contributed to the book. Their essays concentrate on the governors’ terms in the state house, explaining the main forces, movements and events of the times. Separately they will serve as reference articles. As a group they will bring the history of politics and government in New Jersey to historians and the general readers from a fresh and informative angle.

1982 - 259 pp. cloth. illus. biblio. index.
ISBN 0-89743-053-0
Jacksonian New Jersey

edited by Paul A. Stellhorn

Papers presented at the Ninth Annual New Jersey History Symposium held in 1977, including Michael J. Birkner on Peter Vroom; Philip C. Davis on Oligarchy, Egalitarianism, and Continuity in New Jersey, 1840-1860; Frederick M. Herrmann on Dorothea Dix and the State Insane Asylum, and Joel Schwartz on the Public School System before the Civil War, with comments by Herbert Ershkowitz and Joseph F. Mahoney.

1979 - 124 pp. paper. illus. notes.
ISBN 0-89743-046-8
New Jersey Historical Manuscripts:
A Guide to Collections in the State

compiled by Mary R. Murrin

A comprehensive guide that will help researchers in New Jersey history locate letters, diaries, account books, government documents, institutional records, genealogical documents, institutional records, genealogical data, and other collections of unpublished materials. It lists 264 institutions in the state, describing their holdings in general terms and citing selected items as examples.

1987 - 206 pp. cloth. index.
ISBN 0-89743-9
Religion in New Jersey Life Before the Civil War

compiled by Mary R. Murrin

Papers presented at the Fourteenth Annual New Jersey History Symposium held in 1982, including  Jean R. Soderlund on Quaker Abolitionism in Colonial New Jersey; Douglas Jacobsen on Conflict, Community and Religious Affiliation in Colonial New Jersey; Milton J. Coalter on Gilbert Tennent and the First Great Awakening; and Martha T. Blauvelt on New Jersey During the Second Great Awakening, with comments by John F. Wilson and Paul Johnson.

1985 - 107 pp. paper. illus. notes.
ISBN 0-89743-062-X
An Ethnic Portrait

photographs by Donald P. Lokuta, text by David S. Cohen

Photographs and oral history excerpts of Ukrainian-American traditions in New Jersey, including folk art, foodways, folk dancing, and religious celebrations (Epiphany, Christmas, Easter, St. Thomas Sunday, and a wedding). This publication was produced in connection with a combination symposium-concert-exhibition held at Rutgers-Newark on March 27, 1982, with funds provided by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

1982 - 53 pp. paper. illus.
ISBN 0-89743-056-5
Commission Projects with Rutgers Press
The following titles may be ordered from Rutgers University Press by phone or online:
Orders/Customer Service/Credit and Fulfillment:
c/o Longleaf Services, Inc.
PO Box 8895, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-8895
Toll free phone: 800-848-6224
Fax: 800-272-6817
Words That Make New Jersey History

edited by Howard L. Green

A collection of documents spanning the history of New Jersey, from the arrival of Dutch traders in the 1600s to the present. It includes materials that touch on subjects such as factories and farms, cities and suburbs, slavery and abolitionism, the temperance and woman suffrage campaigns, race and ethnic relations, the labor movement, and mobilization for war. The documents include letters, journals, pamphlets, petitions, artwork, and songs created not only by those in official power, but also by men and women of more humble station.

1995 - 290 pp. paper. illus.
ISBN 0-8135-2113-0

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America, The Dream of My Life: Selections From the Federal Writers' Project's New Jersey Ethnic Survey

edited by David Steven Cohen

This book consists of life stories of immigrants interviewed by field workers from the Federal Writers' Project between 1939 and 1941. The interviews contain descriptions of ethnic neighborhoods in Newark and Paterson. They offer information on Irish, Italian, Polish, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Russian, Dutch and Jewish immigrants.

1990 - 295 pp. paper. illus. bibliog.
ISBN 0-8135-1515-7.

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The following titles may be ordered from:
Classics Bookstore
117 South Warren Street
Trenton NJ 08608
The Folklore and Folklife of New Jersey

by David Steven Cohen

A general view of traditional folk culture in New Jersey, from handed-down stories to crafts developed in the state. It examines New Jersey's rich, varied folk heritage and tells how to evaluate and appreciate folklore and folklife. It was written as a project of the Commission's New Jersey Folklife Program.

1983 - 218 pp. paper. illus.
ISBN 0-8135-0989-0
Folk Legacies Revisited

by David Steven Cohen

Essays on groups of people that have maintained folk culture on the edges of modern society -- recently organized groups of Native Americans; the Afro-Dutch; the "Angel Dancers," a small, religious sect in Bergen County at the turn of the 20th century; the "Pineys" of the New Jersey Pinelands -- and on such matters as multiculturalism, academic advocacy, and the American national character

1995 - 151 pp. notes. index.
ISBN 0-8135-21394
The Papers of William Livingston

edited by Carl E. Prince, et. al.

William Livingston was the first governor of the State of New Jersey. He served in the Continental Congress in 1774-1776. He was elected governor by the legislature in 1776 and was reelected each year until his death in 1790. His talent for political leadership enabled him to forge a coalition in support of the patriot cause among diverse and often hostile interests in New Jersey. The publication of his personal and state papers, annotated by the editors, reveals important aspects of America's Revolutionary heritage and New Jersey's contributions to it. The Papers are limited to the period of Livingston's career in New Jersey.

Volume One: June 1774-June 1777
Volume Two: July 1777-December 1778
Volume Three: January 1779-June 1780
Volume Four: July 1780-April 1783
Volume Five: April 1783-August 1790

The Livingston Papers is a project of the Commission. Volumes 1 and 2 were published by the Commission, volumes 3, 4 and 5 by Rutgers University Press.

ISBN 0-089743-044-1
ISBN 0-8135-1144-5
ISBN 0-8135-1213-1
ISBN 0-8135-1297-2