The Ironbound: An Illustrated History of Newark's Down Neck (Paperback)

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The Ironbound district of Newark, New Jersey, has been known by many names over the years - Down Neck, the East Ward, the Meadows. There was even a time in the early days when locals called it Texas, owing to its remote setting in the marshes around the mouth of the Passaic River. Then everything changed. Newark boomed with industrial growth, and the Ironbound grew right along with it. The Morris Canal was completed in 1832, followed in short order by the first of several railways - the "iron" that eventually gave the neighborhood its name. Factories went up, immigrants poured in, and the Ironbound became a "district of industrial uproar ... its people ... a hodge-podge of nationalities ... speaking many old-world tongues." In these richly illustrated pages, Edward A. Jardim tells the story of the Ironbound with all the humanity and dynamism of the neighborhood itself - the shifting populations; the political intrigues; the fortunes and follies; the saints, sinners, and ordinary joes. It's a story of struggle and aspiration, of social change and economic upheaval, and, perhaps most important, of an urban community shaped by industrialization and its aftermath.

About the Author

Edward A. Jardim was born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1932. He resided for most of his early years on Ferry Street in the city's Ironbound district, where his father published a Portuguese-language weekly newspaper, the Luso-Americano. He graduated from East Side High School in 1950 and studied journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia, with time out for service in the U.S. Army. Mr. Jardim has had a long editorial career at a number of publications, including the New York Daily News and other journals. He and his wife, the former Joy Menza - her grandparents were among the earliest Italian immigrants to settle in the Ironbound - are longtime residents of New Jersey's Long Hill Township, where they raised their six children.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780965633864
ISBN-10: 0965633861
Publisher: Stone Creek Publications
Publication Date: March 8th, 2016
Pages: 84
Language: English