Short History of New Jersey
1900 and 1930, New Jersey's population more than doubled,
and manufacturing became a $4 billion industry. Unfortunately,
the Great Depression of the 1930s hit New Jersey hard,
bringing massive unemployment. The state rebounded during
World War II in the 1940s as New Jersey's electronics and
chemical industries began large-scale operations.
the mid-1900s, people began moving back into the rural
areas from the overcrowded cities. A number of transportation
projects helped better connect New Jersey. The New Jersey
Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway opened in the 1950s.
history of air travel has close ties to New Jersey. On
May 3, 1919, the first passenger flight in American history
was flown from New York to Atlantic City. (See a animated
video about this flight.) Today, New Jersey is home
to two international airports, Newark and Atlantic City.
Newark Airport expanded its passenger and cargo services
in 1963. In the 1980s, it became one of the world's busiest
New Jersey is recognized for its present as well as its
past. While remembering its proud history, New Jersey will
continue to be the setting for many of the great events
of the future.
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