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November 15-Free talk-New Jersey’s Role in World War I: Sabotage Target and Key State in the War Effort

November 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Please join us on November 15th from noon to 1 p.m. in the Level 2 Reading Room as we have our fourth and final talk to celebrate the 100th anniversary of World War I.

James Hockenberry, author of the thriller Over Here, will give a talk focusing on New Jersey’s key role in America’s efforts during the Great War. A large percentage of our troops sent overseas were trained in New Jersey and shipped out of Hoboken. New Jersey’s economic strength, both as a manufacturing force and shipping hub, was vital to Allies’ success in the war. As such, New Jersey was a target of German sabotage,

Black Tom explosion

most notably the attack on Black Tom Island (now part of Liberty Park) in New York Harbor. The New York Times has described this incident as “the most destructive terrorist attack in America before 9/11.”  Hockenberry’s talk will describe the events around this attack as well as the whys behind it and other key incidents such as the Henry Ford Peace mission and the destruction of the Kingsland plant.

A career financial executive with a BA from Lafayette College and an MBA from Columbia University, Hockenberry has redirected his life to thriller writing with his planned “World War One Intrigue” series. The change has allowed him to interweave three of his long-time passions: history, literature, and his German-American roots. His award winning first novel, Over Here, is set in 1915-16 and dramatizes the little known but extensive undeclared war Germany fought on American soil. The sequel, So Beware, is set in 1919 druing the Paris Peace talks and the third book, Send the Word will focus on the domestic front during the war and the U.S. military experience in 1918.

All are welcome to this free talk. RSVP is appreciated. Please RSVP to Cindy Warrick at mailto:cwarrick@njstatelib.orgor 609-278-2640 ext. 172.

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November 15
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Cindy Warrick, Sr. Public Information Asst.


New Jersey State Library
185 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608 United States
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