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New Jersey in the American Revolution by…

New Jersey in the American Revolution

by Barbara J. Mitnick (Editor)

Other authors: Ian C.G. Burrow (Contributor), Delight W. Dodyk (Contributor), Thomas Fleming (Contributor), David J. Fowler (Contributor), Harriette C. Hawkins (Contributor)7 more, Richard W. Hunter (Contributor), Mark Edward Lender (Contributor), Maxine N. Lurie (Contributor), Barbara J. Mitnick (Contributor), Merrill Maguire Skaggs (Contributor), Lorraine E. Williams (Contributor), Giles R. Wright (Contributor)

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Mitnick, Barbara J.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burrow, Ian C.G.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dodyk, Delight W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fleming, ThomasContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fowler, David J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hawkins, Harriette C.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hunter, Richard W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lender, Mark EdwardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lurie, Maxine N.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mitnick, Barbara J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Skaggs, Merrill MaguireContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williams, Lorraine E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wright, Giles R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Legend tells us that in the eighteenth century, New Jersey was thought of as a "barrel tapped at both ends" by the major nearby cities of Philadelphia and New York and the rather uninteresting corridor through which travelers to other colonies would have to pass. Even today, remnants of this reputation unfortunately persist; the derogatory question "What exit?" [of the New Jersey Turnpike] more often than not follow the announcement one's New Jersey residence. But those of us who live here know better, for despite the fact that the state is the most densely populated in the Union, its residents enjoy beautiful landscapes and open space. Although New Jersey is sandwiched between two major American cities, the artistic creativity of many of its citizens is well understood; and although many consider Virginia, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania to be preeminent locations of America's eighteenth century past, it is clear that more Revolutionary War history took place in New Jersey than in any other state.
Crossroad of the American Revolution
Revolutionary New Jersey was a society with remarkably contemporaneous overtones. It was a diverse mix of religions, from the Dutch Reformed in Bergen County to the Quakers along the Delaware to the Anglicans in Elizabethtown to the Presbyterians in Newark, Princeton, and many other places. Its politics were frequently passionate and often violent and occasionally radical. There Quakers and other men of God, such as the Reverend Jacob Green (fig. 1), who were deeply troubled by slavery in their midst. The state's inner spirit was already democratic with a small d. Philip Frithian, a young minister, noted the way New Jersey "gentlemen of the first rank" associated freely with "the laborious part of men"—those who worked with their hands—and considered them "the strength and honor of the colony." The explanation, Frithian thought, was"the near approach of equality of wealth among the inhabitants."¹
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Barbara J. Mitnick has edited a remarkably comprehensive anthology, bringing new life to the rich and turbulent late eighteenth-century period in New Jersey. Originally conceived as a legacy of the state's 225th Anniversary of the Revolution Celebration Commission and sponsored by the Washington Association of New Jersey, the volume brings together contributions by twelve outstanding and recognized experts on New Jersey history.

Chapters explore topics including New Jersey as the "Crossroads of the Revolution," important military campaigns, the 1776 Constitution, and the significant contribution of blacks, Native Americans, and women. Reflecting the contemporary view that the war's impact extended beyond military engagements, original essays also discuss the fine and decorative arts, literature, architecture, archaeology, and social and economic conditions. The reader is presented with a picture of life in New Jersey both separate from as well as connected to the fight for American independence and the establishment of the nation.

Fresh and significant observations, including the fact that soldiers fought 238 battles on New Jersey soil (more than any other state) and that the social and political changes resulting from the war were more revolutionary than evolutionary make this accessibly written, beautifully illustrated volume appeal to the lay reader as well as scholars of New Jersey and Revolutionary War history.

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