Mapping New Jersey: An Evolving Landscape


Edited by Maxine Lurie and Peter Wacker
Cartographer: Michael Siegel


Mapping New Jersey: An Evolving Landscape will contain nearly 300 articles, along with over 250 original maps and 50 historical maps, collecting a wealth of information about the state in one volume. It will be filled with fascinating and interesting entries ranging from New Jersey's earliest history to the present. For example—Did you know that New Jersey was once divided into two parts-East Jersey and West Jersey? That ice sheets covered the northern part of the state and caused the shoreline to be 130 miles farther east than today? That a majority of NJ voters have voted for a Republican President X times and a Demorcratic President Y times? That NJ was a slave holding state? That NJ ranks third in the US in percentage of foreign born population? NJ ranks number one in the US for population density, yet has more horses per capita than any other state. 1
Overseen by an editorial board composed of distinguished experts in a variety of fields and edited by two leading specialists in New Jersey history, Mapping New Jersey will be an indispensable resource for both the scholar and the general reader. Anyone interested in the history, culture, and diverse life of New Jersey should look foward to owning this book.

Covering a broad range
of subjects including:
Demographics
Transportation
Environment
Land Use
Economy
Hazards
Politics
Military
Crime
About the editors:
Maxine N. Lurie is an associate professor and chair of the history department at Seton Hall University. She is the editor of A New Jersey Anthology, and co-editor of the Encyclopedia of New Jersey.
Peter Wacker is emeritus professor of geography at Rutgers University and an expert in historical geography.  His publications include Land and People: A Cultural Geography of Preindustrial New Jersey Origins and Settlement Patterns, Land Use in Early New Jersey: A Historical Geography, and Musconetcong Valley of New Jersey: A Historical Geography
Michael Siegel is staff cartographer in the Rutgers Geography Department. He has been running the Cartography Laboratory and teaching undergraduate cartography courses in the Geography Department since 1988. He enjoys exploring the changing landscape of New Jersey, and maintains a website of historical NJ maps.