The summer 2012 version of the New Jersey History Journal (Vol. 127, No.1) is now available online and features:
•Emily Blanck's "Slavery in New Jersey: A Roundtable" provides an overview of a recent Kean University discussion on slavery, freedom and liberty in New Jersey from the Founding Era to the Civil War;
•Jonathan Mercantini's "John and Susan Kean and the Culture of Slavery in the New Nation" examines the contradiction and complexities of slaveholding in the aftermath of the American Revolution through new open and available correspondence between John and Susan Kean;
•Sue Kozel’s "Testing Liberty in New Jersey, 1775-1793: The Intersection of Slavery and Select Manumission Supreme Court Cases” examines freedom – and lack of freedom – through the lens of New Jersey Supreme Court writs of habeas corpus and manumission cases during the Founding Era;
•Timothy Hack’s “Janus-Faced: Post-Revolutionary Slavery in East and West Jersey, 1784-1804” details the differing views of slavery and divisions that arose between east and west in the years immediately following the Revolution;
•Augustine J. Curley’s “Nativists in Newark: Radical Protestant Reaction to the Appointment of a Catholic Bishop” chronicles the turbulent aftermath of the selection of the first Roman Catholic bishop in Newark in 1853 – an event that foreshadowed the Know Nothing movement across the northeast in the ensuing years.
New Jersey History is a free, bi-annual online journal made possible by a collaborative partnership between the New Jersey Historical Commission, the New Jersey Historical Society, Rutgers University Press, Rutgers University Libraries, and the Kean University Center for History, Politics and Policy.
Those interested in submitting an article for a future edition of New Jersey History may contact Niquole Primiani at firstname.lastname@example.org
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