New Jersey Historical Commission Books

New Jersey history from the experts!

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  $9.00

Reshaping New Jersey: A History of Its Government and Politics
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. $9.00.

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.

1997. 83 pp. paper. illus. notes. bibliog.
ISBN 0-89743-087-5. $9.00

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. $9.00.

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 $9.00

Workers in New Jersey History
by Joseph Gowaskie

This book examines the contributions New Jersey’s workers have made to the development of the state’s economy and the nation’s industry. It looks at how the work process has changed from the colonial period to the present and the effects of the change on the lives of workers. The book describes the entrance of different groups into the labor market and discusses the effort of New Jersey’s workers to achieve decent working conditions, shorter hours, and better pay.

1997. 91 pp. paper. illus. notes. bibliog.
ISBN 0-89743-083-2. $9.00.

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. $9.00.

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. $9.00

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. $9.00

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

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. $10.00.

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 $3.00

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

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