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OnLine Publications

The following New Jersey Historical Commission out-of-print publications have been scanned and put online, courtesy of Deborah Mercer at the New Jersey State Library. Click on the title to access the State Library web site explanation of how to navigate these the publications.

edited by Paul A. Stellhorn and Michael J. Birkner

Forty-nine specialists in New Jersey history have contributed to this book. Their essays concentrate on the governors' terms in the state house, explaining the main forces, movements and events of the times. Separately they serve as reference articles. As a group they bring the history of politics and government in New Jersey to historians and general readers from a fresh and informative angle.

by Giles R. Wright

A concise history of blacks in the state since the seventeenth century. The book characterizes New Jersey as an ambivalent home for blacks: it has offered opportunity to multitudes, but a least until World War II, it lagged behind other northern states in offering them equality.

A Guide to the Underground Railroad in New Jersey

Some of those daring and artful runaway slaves who entered New Jersey by way of the Underground Railroad (UGRR) no doubt sang the words of old Negro spirituals like "Steal Away" before embarking on their perilous journey north. The lyrics of these precious black folk songs indeed often had double meanings, serving as code songs that conveyed plans to escape the yoke of bondage.

Pamphlet series

A series of twenty-eight now out-of-print pamphlets published by the New Jersey Historical Commission to commemorate the Bicentennial of the American Revolution. The pamphlets explore New Jersey history at the time of the Revolution, by either looking at New Jersey's contribution to the Revolution or by studying some aspect of life in New Jersey during that time period.

by Dennis P. Ryan

This chronology is a guide to noteworthy events and dates that helped shape New Jersey’s revolutionary history.  Aside from providing a brief chronicle of significant political developments and military maneuvers, the chronology supports New Jersey’s claim to the title, “The Cockpit of the Revolution.

edited by Larry R. Gerlach

This volume provides a convenient compilation of documents basic to an understanding of the American Revolution in New Jersey. Materials have been selected from the widest possible range of sources—correspondence, diaries, memoirs, newspapers, broadsides, town records, committee minutes, legislative journals. The documents are divided into two general portions: the coming of the Revolution and the War for Independence. The volume focuses upon the evolution of the protest-independence movement, the transition from royal to republican government, the maintenance of civil authority during time of war, the division between rebel and royalist, the travails of warfare, and the experiment in self-government at the state and national levels under the Articles of Confederation.

by Larry A. Greene and Lenworth Gunther

This guide is organized into fifteen lesson units. Each unit represents one chronological period of the African American experience, beginning with the African antecedents of this experience and ending with the year 1994. Each unit is divided into three main sections. The first comprises a brief historical overview of the period, the basic historical information needed to teach the unit. The unit's second section provides activities and resources that will help the students absorb the historical information. Each core lesson has several parts. The first is the theme, the major point of the lesson unit. Next is an identification of the materials that both the teacher and students should read to ensure full comprehension. The third section features the materials to be used with the lesson (for example, maps, photographs, excerpts); these are to be reproduced and distributed to the students.