Monday, January 10, 2011

Mini Lesson: The Formation of Perth Amboy

Do you know when the town or city you live in was formed? Was it a part of another city before it existed on its own?

Many towns and cities in New Jersey used to be parts of other cities before they were given their own names.

Below is a transcription of a document that created the city of Perth Amboy. Read the text, and then click the picture to view the actual document.

Assembly, No. 83—State of New Jersey

A Supplement to the act entitled "an act for erecting the north ward of Perth Amboy, and a part of the township of Woodbridge, in the county of Middlesex, into a city, and for incorporating the same by the name and title of ‘The City of Perth Amboy’, passed the twenty-first of December, seventeen hundred and eighty-four."

1 Sec 2. Be it enacted by the Council and General Assembly of this State,

2 And it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, that from and after the

3 Passage of this supplement, the mayor, recorder, and alderman of the city of Perth

4 Amboy shall be chosen annually by the inhabitants thereof, who are or may be qualified

5 To vote for township officers, at such times and places and in such manner as the
6 Common council of said city, and the township officers of the township of Perth Amboy

7 Now or hereafter may be elected; but every person elected as such mayor,

8 Recorder, or alderman, shall be a freeholder in said city, and shall have resided therein.

9 For at least six months before such election; provided, that the present mayor,

10 Recorder, and aldermen of said city, shall continue in office for or during the term or

11 Terms for which they have been respectively appointed and commissioned, unless

12 The said offices shall be vacated by the death, resignation, disqualification or change

13 Of residence of the said the present mayor, recorder, or alderman, or either of them.

1 Sec 2. And be it enacted, That this act shall take effect immediately after the passage thereof.

Questions for discussion

1.) Who was this document written for?

2.) Do you think this document made any significant changes for the people living in the area of Perth Amboy?

3.) Do you know when your own town was founded? What do you know about the history of your own town?

4.) When the people living in a town have knowledge about the history of their own town, do you think it helps foster a sense of community? Why of why not?

5.) What may have motivated the decision to make Perth Amboy into its own city?

6.) According to the document, who will choose the government of the city of Perth Amboy?

New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards

6.2.4. C.2 Discuss how governmental bodies make decisions and explain the impact of those decisions on school and community life.
6.4.4. A.2 Compare family life in a community of the past to life in a community of the present.
6.4.4. A.4 Discuss the history of their community, including the origins of its name, groups and individuals who lived there, and access to important places and buildings in the community.
6.6.4. B.3. Describe the geography of New Jersey.
6.6.4. B.2 Explain changes in places and regions over time and the consequences of those changes.

National Standards

NSS-USH.K-4.1 Living and working together in families and communities, now and long ago.
Understands the history of the local community and how communities in North America varied long ago.
NSS-USH.K-4.2 the history of students’ own state or region.
Understands the people, events, problems, and ideas that were significant in creating the history of their state.

NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and regions
Understands the physical and human characteristics of places.
Understand that people create regions to interpret Earth’s complexity.
Understands how culture and experience influence people’s perceptions of places and regions.

NSS-G.K-12.6 the uses of Geography
Understand how to apply geography to interpret the past.
Understand how to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future.


New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards

National Standards

Asssembly No. 83-State of New Jersey. Lloyd W. Smith Collection. Morristown National Historical Park. 30 Washington Place, Morristown New Jersey 07960. LWS 735

ML8: The Formation of Perth Amboy

Mini Lesson by Karyn Pereny

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