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