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A background of recent Jersey, from its early exploration and cost to the country this day.

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Title page: The Delaware Water Gap. Courtesy of the New Jersey Department of Commerce. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Topper, Frank.  Wills.  cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Summary: A history of New Jersey, from its early exploration and settlement to the state today.  New JerseyHistoryJuvenile literature.  New Jersey GazetteersJuvenile literature.  Wills, Charles.  Title. 9dc20 94-37401 CIP AC Created in association with Media Projects Incorporated C. Carter Smith, Executive Editor Lelia Wardwell, Managing Editor Frank Topper and Charles A.

The state was also a pioneer in the nation's first steps toward industrialization, particularly in the area of transportation by roadway and rail. Yet New Jersey, the fourth-smallest state in land area, has always been overshadowed by its giant neighbors, New York and Pennsylvania. In colonial times, Benjamin Franklin likened New Jersey to "a keg [barrel] tapped at both ends," with its southern half dominated by Philadelphia and its northern half by New York City. Even now some Americans seem to believe that the state is little more than a stretch of road between those two cities.

Cape May was a favorite vacation sopt of Southern planters, and half of Princeton's students came from the South. Many of the goods produced by the mills and factories of Newark and other cities were sold in the Southern states. Also, New Jersey's industrial towns were strongholds of the Democratic Party, which generally favored allowing slavery to continue. Still, many New Jerseyans hated slavery and worked against it in any way they could.  Despite this fact, a cheering crowd of no less than 25,000 New Jerseyans greeted Lincoln when he passed through Jersey City on February 21, 1861, en route to his inauguration in Washington.

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