Peter Zablocki, historian, author, teacher and podcaster, will discuss his most recent book, Presidential Visits to New Jersey: A History from the History Press.
Some, like Abraham Lincoln in 1861, came to garner support. Others, like N.J. Governor Woodrow Wilson in 1912, remained and rode that support to the White House. And still, others, like James Garfield in 1881, came to die. New Jersey’s past is full of memorable Presidential visits-and home to lesser-known ones. Thousands of people came out to support Teddy Roosevelt, his cousin Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson. Others like Franklin Pierce, Benjamin Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, and even more recently, Donald J. Trump saw the Jersey Shore as the perfect rest stop from the hustle and bustle of the capital.
The story of these visits and others like them transcend politics to show the historical significance of not just the great men, but also that of the Garden State.
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