Presenter: Mark Demitroff, Stockton Adjunct Faculty, Environmental Studies
Large tracts of desolate land became accessible for development schemes when railroads began to crisscross the Pine Barrens during the mid-nineteenth century. Immigrants, beckoned by dubious promises of prosperity and independence, settled upon modest garden plots offered at bargain prices. This presentation commemorates the meaning of place for German, Italian, and Jewish settlers who sought security by taming an impoverished wilderness while overcoming social intolerance.
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