Today in History: New Jersey

A view, at Minisink, New-Jersey
Today in History–December 18–the Library of Congress features the state of New Jersey, which ratified the U.S. Constitution on this day in 1787; it was the third state to join the Union. Nicknamed the “Garden State” in the 19th century for its rolling farmlands, today New Jersey is known for its shoreline tourism and is also one of the most developed and industrialized states in America. Find out more about this revolutionary politico by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources.

New Jersey stories from America’s Library

New Jersey primary source set with Teacher’s Guide

Pinelands Folklife Project photos, audio interviews, song recordings, field notes

New Jersey images

New Jersey maps

New Jersey sheet music


New Jersey oral histories

New Jersey films

Books about New Jersey

Contemporary U.S. legislation related to New Jersey

New Jersey Guide to Law Online

Integrating Tech: Primary Source Analysis using Google Forms (investigating the 1967 Newark race riot)

Today in History: Atlantic City

Today in History: Princeton University

More U.S. state primary source collections