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New Jersey and the Great War (PB)
by Richard J. Connors, Ph.D.
With this insightful analysis, Richard J. Connors Ph.D. commemorates the contribution of the State of New Jersey and its citizens on the centennial anniversary of World War I. Because of its coastal location and much-needed industry, New Jersey played a significant role both prior to and during America’s declared involvement.
Historical detail brings to life pre-war America and the daily lives of those who would sacrifice so much. From immigration to industry and infrastructure, we see the factors that contributed to the war effort. Well before America’s formal entry to the war, supplies and volunteers to European forces shaped public perception and involvement and laid the groundwork. Once war was declared, the bulk of New Jersey’s National Guard units, draftees, and volunteers served in two US Army Divisions, the 29th and the 78th; their roles in particular are meticulously researched. New Jersey and the Great War offers a fresh look at the background and aftermath of a state uniquely poised in its preparation for world-wide war.
About the Author:
Richard J. Connors, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus at Seton Hall University. He received his undergraduate degree at Seton Hall and his graduate degrees from Columbia University. His major publications are A Cycle of Power: The Local Political Career of Mayor Frank Hague; The Process of Constitutional Revision in New Jersey, 1940-1947; The Government of New Jersey (with William Dunham); and The New Jersey Constitution of 1776. He has contributed articles to The Encyclopedia of New Jersey, The Governors of New Jersey, The Dictionary of American Biography, and other venues. An Army veteran, Dr. Connors was an officer in the Corps of Engineers, serving with the Army of Occupation on Okinawa in 1947 and in Korea from 1951-1952. He currently resides in Neptune City, New Jersey.
(2017, Paperback, 146 pages)