The History of Elsmere

African American Life in Glassboro, New Jersey

by Robert P. Tucker



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/21/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 148
ISBN : 9781480865013
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 148
ISBN : 9781480865020
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 148
ISBN : 9781480865037

About the Book

Communities in the United States are chapters in the great story of this country. And while many of these chapters are well known in our history, there are a great many that need their stories to be told by the people who lived there.


In The History of Elsmere: African American Life in Glassboro, New Jersey, author Robert P. Tucker describes middle-class life in a small, semirural South Jersey minority neighborhood, offering a history that spans over three centuries. From the clearing of land for farming to the building of segregated schools and housing developments just twenty miles southeast of Philadelphia, Tucker chronicles the history of the neighborhood as only a lifelong resident could. He also speaks to the harrowing experiences of escaping the Ku Klux Klan and living through the poverty of the Depression, sharing the story of minority life in the community.


The history of this small community is an important part of the story of America, and the experiences of the men, women, and children who lived in Elsmere can come together to reflect the spirit of a time and a place. Much of Elsmere has changed, but the memories now live on and can teach us about where we came from—and where we are going.

About the Author

Robert P. Tucker is the preeminent African American historian of Glassboro, New Jersey. A retired educator, he taught chemistry and served in the guidance department of Glassboro High School before his appointment as superintendent of Lawnside Public Schools. Since retirement, Tucker has spent more than twenty-five years researching and writing about the history of Elsmere, Glassboro’s oldest African American community.