The Jersey Shore: The Past, Present & Future of a National Treasure

The Jersey Shore: The Past, Present & Future of a National Treasure

By: Dominick Mazzagetti (author)Hardback

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In The Jersey Shore, Dominick Mazzagetti provides a modern re-telling of the history, culture, and landscapes of this famous region, from the 1600s to the present. The Shore, from Sandy Hook to Cape May, became a national resort in the late 1800s and contributes enormously to New Jersey's economy today. The devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 underscored the area's central place in the state's identity and the rebuilding efforts after the storm restored its economic health. Divided into chronological and thematic sections, this book will attract general readers interested in the history of the Shore: how it appeared to early European explorers; how the earliest settlers came to the beaches for the whaling trade; the first attractions for tourists in the nineteenth century; and how the coming of railroads, and ultimately automobiles, transformed the Shore into a major vacation destination over a century later. Mazzagetti also explores how the impact of changing national mores on development, race relations, and the environment, impacted the Shore in recent decades and will into the future. Ultimately, this book is an enthusiastic and comprehensive portrait by a native son, whose passion for the region is shared by millions of beachgoers throughout the Northeast.

About Author

Dominick Mazzagetti is the author of Charles Lee: Self Before Country (Rutgers University Press), which received an Honorable Mention for the American Revolution Round Table of Richmond's 2014 Book Award. Mazzagetti is a lawyer and banker with a fervent interest in American history. He has served as law secretary to the chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, and was Acting Commissioner of Banking in the administration of New Jersey Governor Tom Kean.


Maps Photographs & Illustrations Introduction 1 The Ever-Changing Shore 2 1664-1774: A Few Desolate Beaches Native Americans at the Shore The English Replace the Dutch Whaling Pirates Smugglers, Privateers, and the United States Navy 3 1765-1850: The Rise of Resorts Sandy Hook, "Squan," Deal, and Toms River "Sea Bathing" at the Jersey Shore Tucker's Island and Long Beach Cape May Long Branch 4 1850-1900: Railroads, Atlantic City, and Long Branch The Coming of Railroads and the Concept of "Vacation" Atlantic City Long Branch as the Nation's Premier Resort Cape May, Tucker's Island, and Beach Haven 5 Religion at the Jersey Shore Traveling Preachers and Camp Meetings Ocean Grove Asbury Park Ocean City "Sea Grove," Dry Towns, Retreats, and Ethnics 6 The Rise of Resorts, Monmouth County Railroads and New Resorts Monmouth County 7 Shipwrecks, Life-Saving, and Lighthouses Early Wrecks A Mysterious Death Leads to an Iconic Grounding Collisions on a Vast Sea Shipwrecks as Fact and Fiction US Life-Saving Service Lighthouses 8 The Rise of Resorts, Ocean County Point Pleasant to Island Beach State Park Long Beach Island 9 Fires, Storms, and War Fires Hurricanes, Tropical Storms, and Nor'easters World War 10 The Rise of Resorts, Atlantic County Atlantic County Atlantic City, Politics, and Prohibition 11 Fish, Fish, and Boats Commercial Fishing and New Jersey's Major Ports The Lady Mary and the Dangers of Commercial Fishing Sport Fishing, Gunning, and Recreational Boating The Intracoastal Waterway "Jaws" 12 The Rise of Resorts, Cape May County and the Lore of the Shore The Personalities of Jersey Shore Communities The Look, Lure, and Lore of the Shore Cape May County 13 The 20th Century: Transformation Transportation Again Transforms the Shore Economic Development and the Great Depression The Garden State Parkway Building Booms Gambling at the Jersey Shore Race Relations 14 The 21st Century Shore The "Public Trust" Doctrine and Eminent Domain State Action, Federal Funding, and University Support Revival: Cape May, Long Branch, Asbury Park, and Atlantic City Superstorm Sandy The Future of the Jersey Shore Acknowledgments Notes Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780813593746
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 348
  • ID: 9780813593746
  • ISBN10: 0813593743

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