Newark, N. J
Peter J. Leary
Excerpt from Newark, N. J: Illustrated; A Souvenir of the City and Its Numerous Industries
The designer, in the projection of this work, had in view a volume which should give the country, at an important time in its industrial affairs, some idea of the relation which Newark bears to the manufacturing world. The Columbian World's Fair was then being actively canvassed, and it was thought essential that the volume should be in time for that important industrial event. A Newark mechanic himself, he felt a personal pride in designing and producing something that would bear inspection and warrant approval. How well he has succeeded must be left to the judgment of the manufacturers of Newark, and those allied with her industries. In the prosecution of the work there have been impediments not within the control of the designer, and there were vexatious delays which were unavoidable. That the project has been carried to completion must be credited to the generosity of the business men of Newark, without whose material assistance the work could not have been finished.
The work presents a clear and complete view of the City of Newark, as it exists to-day, in all its vast and varied interests and industries. A brief historical sketch of the city is given, and an account of the humble origin and surpassing growth of the manufacturing industries which have made the city great, wealthy and famous; but the chief purpose of the work is to reverse the ordinary methods of history, and dwell more largely upon the Present, with its powers and possibilities, than upon the dim and meager details of the Past. From this view of the Present may be gathered, it is believed, some slight idea of the vastness and the glory of the Future.
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The General Education Board
Writings on American History, 1948, Vol. 2