Teaching New Jersey History

Teaching New Jersey History

by David Steven Cohen One of the things that I was particularly interested in during the twenty-eight years I was on the staff of the New Jersey Historical Commission was how, if at all, New Jersey history was taught in the New Jersey public schools. I personally feel...
Ben Shahn: A Reconsideration

Ben Shahn: A Reconsideration

By Margaret O’Reilly In preparation to write this entry, I began to think about when I first became aware of the work of Ben Shahn (1898-1969).  Surely, it was in college art history classes in the early 1980s.  So, I pulled out my notebooks from that time and scoured...
Echoes of the 1930s and the Workers’ Alliance Protests

Echoes of the 1930s and the Workers’ Alliance Protests

By G. Kurt Piehler They were desperate and fearful times.  There had been other depressions in American history, but none before or since have rivaled the Great Depression that began with the Stock Market Crash of 1929.  Unemployment soared throughout New Jersey and...
Thomas Mundy Peterson’s Historic Vote

Thomas Mundy Peterson’s Historic Vote

By Larry A. Greene I first became aware of Thomas Mundy Peterson many years ago in graduate school at Columbia University while conducting research at the New Jersey Historical Society for Professor Eric Foner’s Civil War and Reconstruction colloquium.  New Jersey’s...
Rediscovering Women Who Made New Jersey History

Rediscovering Women Who Made New Jersey History

By Deborah Kelly In the summer of 1994, many preservationists and women’s history scholars gathered in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania for the first national “Conference on Women and Historic Preservation.”  From this dialogue, the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail was born....