How Newark Became Newark: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American City

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Rutgers University Press, Feb 16, 2009 - History - 352 pages
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For the first time in forty years, the story of one of America's most maligned cities is told in all its grit and glory. With its open-armed embrace of manufacturing, Newark, New Jersey, rode the Industrial Revolution to great prominence and wealth that lasted well into the twentieth century. In the postwar years, however, Newark experienced a perfect storm of urban troubles¨political corruption, industrial abandonment, white flight, racial conflict, crime, poverty. Cities across the United States found themselves in similar predicaments, yet Newark stands out as an exceptional case. Its saga reflects the rollercoaster ride of Everycity U.S.A., only with a steeper rise, sharper turns, and a much more dramatic plunge.

How Newark Became Newark is a fresh, unflinching popular history that spans the city's epic transformation from a tiny Puritan village into a manufacturing powerhouse, on to its desperate struggles in the twentieth century and beyond. After World War II, unrest mounted as the minority community was increasingly marginalized, leading to the wrenching civic disturbances of the 1960s. Though much of the city was crippled for years, How Newark Became Newark is also a story of survival and hope. Today, a real estate revival and growing population are signs that Newark is once again in ascendance.

 

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This very readable, very well organized and extremely interesting history of the Garden State's largest city is a must read for anyone/everyone with a tie to Jersey (and those without, as well ... Read full review

Contents

PART I
13
Southern Sympathy
39
A Metropolis Blooms
63
PART II
87
Generations of Frustration
142
Rebirth
209
A Renaissance for the Rest of
240
A New Administration
265
Note on Sources
287
Selected Bibliography
321
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BRAD R. TUTTLE, a journalist, is the author of The Ellis Island Collection: Artifacts from the Immigrant Experience.

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