Jerseyana: The Underside of New Jersey History

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Rutgers University Press, 1992 - History - 249 pages

Readers of the New Jersey section of the Sunday New York Times eagerly look forward to Marc Mappen's astonishing tales of New Jersey history. Jerseyana is his first collection of these popular monthly columns. Here you will meet villains like Dutch Schultz, the mobster gunned down in a Newark gangland rubout, and heroes like Minerva Miller, a black woman who fought segregation at the turn of the century. There are famous events, like the explosion of Hindenburg, and obscure ones, like the assassination of the king of Italy by an anarchist from Paterson. There are amusing stories, like a buried treasure hoax in Morristown after the Revolutionary War, bizarre stories like the fact that the discoverer of New Jersey was allegedly devoured by cannibals, and dramatic stories, like the Jersey woman who survived Indian captivity.

Arranged chronologically, these columns constitute a lively New Jersey perspective on American history. Individual essays deal with major themes in American history and how they affected New Jersey: the colonial era, the Revolution, Civil War and Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, the Progressive Era, World War I, the '20s and '30s, World War II, McCarthyism, women's history, and black history.

Each of the fifty-four columns in this book stands as a colorful exploration in history. Together they constitute a sweeping survey of our state's rich heritage.

 

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Contents

The Walam Olum
3
Trenton
6
The Man Who Discovered New Jersey
10
Conquered by New York
14
The First Bribe
17
The Witches of Burlington County
22
The Burglary of the Treasury
25
Tories
28
Paterson Man Kills King
119
The Clifton Avenue Horror
122
The Traitor State
126
A Minor Murder
130
The Professor and the Boss
134
Mrs Minerva Miller Goes to the Movies
138
The Crime of the Kallikaks
142
The Paterson Pageant
146

Lee at Monmouth
32
The Hanging of Captain Huddy
36
Trenton N J Was Almost Washington D C
40
Free White Males Only
44
She Never Lost Her Scars
48
The Buried Treasure Hoax
53
Aunt Polly among the Indians
57
Nineteenth Century
61
Alexander Hamilton in the Emergency Room
63
Jumping to the Wrong Conclusion
67
The Beautiful Cigar Girl
71
Dorothea Dix Visits the Lunatics
74
Getting Wrong with Lincoln
77
Jeff Davis and the Jersey Doctor
81
The Treasurer and the Bandits
85
Poor Mary Pomeroy
89
A President Dies in Jersey
92
The Great Eccentric
98
Blasphemy on Trial
103
To Sherlock Holmes She Is Always the Woman
108
President Hobart? It Might Have Been
112
Twentieth Century
117
Should Women Vote?
150
The Secret
155
The War to End War Ended in Somerset County
158
Jersey City Tastes Glory
162
The Klan
166
I Am the Law
171
Keeping New Jersey Sober
176
What the Pig Woman
180
The Radium Girls
185
Georgia on His Mind
189
Was Hauptmann Guilty?
192
The Chop House Rubout
198
The Hindenburg
201
Swastikas in Sussex County
205
The First Week of the
210
Longie
214
Fighting Communism in the Garden State
218
The Best and the Worst Governors
222
Suggestions for Further Reading
233
Index
243
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