Professor To Talk About NJ’s Role Before The Civil War

CRANFORD— Dr. William Gillette, professor of history at Rutgers University, will present a lecture entitled “The Role of New Jersey Just Before the Civil War” on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue.

Gillette is the author of “Jersey Blue: Civil War Politics in New Jersey, 1854-1865,” which was picked by New Jersey Monthly as a top ten non-fiction book about New Jersey.  He is also the author of two other books and 24 articles, and he contributed nine entries to The Encyclopedia of New Jersey.


Gillette will offer a re-evaluation of New Jersey’s antebellum position, which questions the view that New Jerseyans supported slavery, states rights, and the South prior to the onset of the Civil War.  He will also offer a new explanation as to why most New Jerseyans did not actively support the abolitionist movement.

Admission to the program is free and all are welcome.  The program is sponsored by the Cranford Historical Society’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and the Cranford Public Library, and funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Partial funding for the program was secured by the Cranford Historical Society through a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.

For questions about the program, call the Cranford Public Library at 1-908-709-7272 and ask for John Malar.

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