Black New Jersey: 1664 to the Present Day (Hardcover)
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Black New Jersey tells the rich and complex story of the African American community’s remarkable accomplishments and the colossal obstacles they faced along the way. Drawing from rare archives, historian Graham Russell Gao Hodges brings to life the courageous black men and women who fought for their freedom and eventually built a sturdy and substantial middle class. He explores how the state’s unique mix of religious, artistic, and cultural traditions have helped to produce such world-renowned figures as Paul Robeson, Cory Booker, and Queen Latifah, as well as a host of lesser-known but equally influential New Jersey natives.  

About the Author

GRAHAM RUSSELL GAO HODGES is the George Dorland Langdon, Jr. Professor of History and Africana and Latin American studies at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He is the author or editor of sixteen books, including Slavery and Freedom in the Rural North: African Americans in Monmouth County, New Jersey, 1660-1870 and Root & Branch: African Americans in New York and East Jersey, 1613-1863.

Praise For…

"The leading historian of the Mid-Atlantic has written a sweeping, bold, and insightful history of Black New Jersey. It is a singular accomplishment." 

— Craig Steven Wilder

"The history of black-white race relations in New Jersey is one of the best windows into the strange career of the Jim Crow North. Few historians are qualified to write that epic tale, punctuated by not only tragedy but also triumph and irony. But, Graham Hodges has mastered that awesome intellectual responsibility and scholarly challenge with both force and clarity. Indeed, Professor Hodges sets the gold standard in this historical narrative of the long struggle for racial equality in New Jersey. Bravo!"

— Komozi Woodard

"Black New Jersey is most interesting and full of important information long buried in primary sources. Graham Hodges brings New Jersey and its people to the fore as people in particular places and times yet within a national context. I appreciate the comprehensiveness of a book very well done."

— Nell Irvin Painter

— NJ Spotlight

"Flawlessly researched."

— Newark Star-Ledger

"The breadth of topic and detail in this work are impressive. Recommended." 

— Choice

— The Academic Minute

— Zócalo Public Square

"A highly nuanced and sophisticated history of the black population in the state....This study is a tale of progress and accomplishments of New Jersey African Americans, but also of racial disparities which negatively affect the quality of life in New Jersey."

— New Jersey Studies

Product Details
ISBN: 9780813595184
ISBN-10: 0813595185
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: October 2018
Pages: 380
Language: English