If All the World Were New Jersey: The Past and Future of the Garden State
November 9, 2006 – 8:00 p.m. Stafford Little Lecture
Despite the negative stereotypes and many issues that are in fact negative corruption, high taxes,and unbelievable political balkanization, for example New Jersey is demonstrating a positive direction for the nation as a whole. New Jersey is dense, diverse, and characterized by a fine public transit system, high disposable incomes, generally excellent schools, a Mount Laurel decision that at least attempts to deal with diversity issues, and attention to the preservation of open space. Professor Jackson specializes in American social and urban history.
His publications include The Ku Klux Klan in the City, 1915-1930, Cities in American History, Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States, Silent Cities: The Evolution of the American Cemetery, with Camilo Vergara, and, as editor The Encyclopedia of New York City. He is presently working on two books to be entitled Gentlemen’s Agreement: Race, Class, and Differential Development in Newark, White Plains, and Darien, 1840-1990 and The Road to Hell: Transportation Policy and the Decline of the United States.