Encyclopedia of New Jersey

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Maxine N. Lurie, Marc Mappen
Rutgers University Press, 2004 - History - 927 pages
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"Nearly 3,000 original entries, along with 585 illustrations and 130 maps, catalog a wealth of information on th state from its earliest history to the present. Topics covered include architecture, arts and entertainment, biographies of famous New Jerseyans, business and industry, ethnic groups, geography, history, municipalities and counties, science and technology, sports and recreation, and much more. Every New Jersey county and municipality has its own entry. Native Americans and ethnic groups are explored, as are religious, political, historical, and cultural organizations. Comprehensive lists range from historic sites to hospitals, from nature centers to missile sites. You can find profiles of poets and painters, athletes and astronauts, governors and generals from A (Governor Leon Abbett) to Z (television pioneer Vladimir K. Zworykin). Historic triumphs like the Revolutionary War's Battles of Trenton and tragedies like the Hindenburg explosion are chronicled. Encyclopedia articles examine the role of past and present-day commerce, from glassmaking and mining to pharmaceuticals and high-tech industries. Roads and rivers, tunnels and bridges - if they get you from here to there, you'll find them in this volume. The book charts demographic shifts, voter turnout, and suburban sprawl. Landmark legal cases, such as Megan's Law and the Mount Laurel decisions, are also covered. Readers will find entries on native plants and animals, water resources and soil types. And, of course, this is the place to find the state bird, insect, flag, flower, seal, and tree"--Bookjacket.
 

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This wide-ranging and detail-rich A-to-Z on the Garden State is possibly the most comprehensive encyclopedia available on the subject. The editors, who have both previously authored books about New ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Maxine N. Lurie, assistant professor of History at Seton Hall University, is coordinator of the undergraduate public history internship program at Rutgers University, and co-chair of the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance.

Marc Mappen is the coeditor of the award-winning "Encyclopedia of New Jersey" and author of "Jerseyana: The Underside of New Jersey History" (both Rutgers University Press). He has written articles for the "New York Times, " the "Los Angeles Times", "Rutgers Magazine, " "New Jersey Heritage, " and other publications and has appeared on the History Channel and National Public Radio.

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