New Jersey: Governmental Reform and Civil War
Governmental Reform and Civil War
Prior to the Civil War an era of reform resulted in the framing of a new state constitution (1844) in which property qualifications for suffrage were abolished, provisions were made for the popular election of the governor and the assemblymen, and a balance of power and responsibility was established among the executive, legislative, and judicial departments. In spite of some pro-Southern sentiment, New Jersey recruited its quota of regiments in the Civil War and gave valuable financial aid to the Union. The war demands proved lucrative for commerce and industry, and the expanding labor market attracted large numbers of European immigrants.
Sections in this article:
- Racial Tensions and New Economic Development
- Political Struggles and a New Constitution
- Governmental Reform and Civil War
- The Revolution and Economic Expansion
- Early Settlement to Statehood
- Government, Politics, and Higher Education
- Facts and Figures
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