Reviews and Press for Al Frazza’s History Work,
Including his New Book State of Revolution
FIVE STAR REVIEW
“This fascinating little book could be called The Site that Al Built. Instead, it is named State of Revolution: My Seven-and-a-Half Year Journey Through Revolutionary War New Jersey. This book is the history of Al Frazza’s travels and research to make his historical website concerning New Jersey’s part in the Revolutionary War a reality. Let me hasten to say, the book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in history and how historians go about mining facts from primary sources. Al spent over seven years traversing the great state of New Jersey. He visited over 600 historical sites, then documented the relationship of the sites to the Revolutionary War on his website. Even if you are not into history, you will enjoy reading this book.
“After spending 10,000 hours of research, thousands of miles of travel, and untold misery in a hot car, what do you get? If you are Al Frazza, you get a fantastic website about the American Revolutionary War and its events in New Jersey. State of Revolution is a gold mine of information for anyone writing their American History Master’s Capstone Project. Al was not writing an academic paper, but unknowingly, he produced a book that I wish I’d had when I did my history capstone project. He explains how he developed the website, and in his explanation, he gives guidance for historical research. Al shares anecdotes from his field research that keep the book moving and interesting. He does not write in a dry academic manner but rather as if he is talking to the reader as a friend.“
– Philip Van Heusen for Readers’ Favorite
“We join the author on the road as he visits about 650 historic locations, highlighting thousands of people, buildings, monuments, cemeteries, and battlefields. State of Revolution is equally educational, humorous, inspiring, and a paean to New Jersey.
“As a long-time user of Frazza’s site, I was excited to learn of the book. I was not disappointed. As a former longtime NJ resident and an American Revolution Round Table president, I highly recommend that you join Frazza on this enlightening journey for both the history and the fun. Huzza!”
– Bill Welsch, President of American Revolution Round Table of Richmond, and Co-Founder of the Congress of American Revolution Round Tables
“Al Frazza’s Revolutionary War New Jersey was my go-to source as I drove around the Garden State for a traveling history of the war that made us who we are. And the story of how Frazza created his matchless online guide – working by himself, over more than seven years, inspired by his love for his home state – is as fascinating as the information-rich website itself.”
– Bob Thompson, author of Born on a Mountaintop: On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier, and now working on a book about the Revolutionary War and its turning points.
New Jersey’s Revolutionary War History Honored In Website, Book
Al Frazza visited close to 650 sites for his “Revolutionary War New Jersey” website, and recently published a book about his journey.
“Al Frazza didn’t set out to spend more than seven years visiting hundreds of Revolutionary War historical sites across New Jersey (by himself). Or to make a huge website. Or to write a book about his experience. But Frazza… has done all three: he visited close to 650 historic sites in the Garden State and compiled a huge amount of research on his website, Revolutionary War New Jersey.
“And he’s got a book, which came out in February.
“… It was important to him, he said, to do the research properly. There was so much Revolutionary War history in his home state.”
– Michelle Rotuno-Johnson, From the Patch Across New Jersey article “New Jersey’s Revolutionary War History Honored In Website, Book“, published April 28, 2022.
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“New Jersey has numerous historic war sites, but until recently, there was no central location that listed all of them… Al Frazza compiled the list, first on a website, and most recently in a book. All important historic Revolutionary War sites in the state are included in the effort, which he first thought would take a few months but actually turned into a seven-year journey.
“Frazza’s compilation of sites is very timely, historians say, as the country prepares to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 2026.”
– Matt Fagan, From the article “Want To Check Out All Revolutionary War Sites In NJ? Now There’s A List“, published in the April 20, 2022 print and online editions of Gannett newspapers and magazines throughout NJ, including NorthJersey.com, The Record, The Herald News, The Asbury Park Press, The Burlington County Times, The New Jersey Herald, The Courier News, and Wayne Magazine.
“Al Frazza is a photographer, researcher, and historian who took it upon himself to create a website that illustrates the important role that the state of New Jersey played in the Revolutionary War. He is a meticulous historian who spent about seven years putting that project together. He personally took every photo on the site, and can vouch for the authenticity of every single piece of evidence that he presents. It’s an amazing resource.”
– Ashley Ziccardi, regent of the Chinkchewunska Chapter of the National Society of the Daughter of the American Revolution, quoted in the February 26, 2018 edition of the New Jersey Herald
“Sharing local history with patrons was always a pleasant experience. I found it even more so when I met Al Frazza. He visited the Library and expressed interest in Bound Brook and South Bound Brook historic sites. Al was in the midst of creating his massive website, RevolutionaryWarNewJersey.com. His passion for the topic was evident from the start. We discussed the Old Stone Bridge, the Old Presbyterian Graveyard and the Revolutionary War veterans interred there and the Frelinghuysen Tavern site, to name a few.
“Al pursued authentic sources for his descriptions of sites and verified every detail. He asked pointed questions with an aim for accuracy. His source notes add another important dimension to the integrity of the website. Clearly, his knowledge on the topic is vast. You can trust that RevolutionaryWarNewJersey.com is an authoritative source of information on 18th century New Jersey, the ‘Crossroads of the American Revolution.’”
– Mary C. Nelson, Local History Librarian (Retired), Bound Brook Memorial Library Branch, Somerset County Library System of New Jersey; Co-author of The Old Presbyterian Graveyard, Bound Brook, New Jersey: A Resource
“A great source to learn more about all of the state’s relevant sites is revolutionarywarnewjersey.com”
– Passaic Valley Today, August 23, 2018, “Tapping Into History Could Bring NJ More Tourist Dollars”
“The Chinkchewunska Chapter 2018 History Award is presented to Al Frazza in recognition of his outstanding dedication to the preservation and sharing of New Jersey History.
“The Chinkchewunska Chapter History Award is given annually to an individual or group who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer work in some aspect of local history. This year we are proud to present this award to Al Frazza.
“Webster’s Dictionary defines an historian as ‘a student or writer of history.’ While Al certainly fits that description, I’d add that he is also a ‘liver and breather’ of history. He is responsible for the research, writing, photography, and design of the website RevolutionaryWarNewJersey.com.
“This modest man totally immersed himself in what became a 7 year-long ‘labor of love’, creating from primary sources and photographs, all taken personally by him, a resource for anyone interested in learning about the role of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War. This ‘Ultimate Field Guide to New Jersey’s Revolutionary War Historic Sites’ is a must for anyone who understands that history is often made in our own backyard.
“Mr. Frazza knows that the best way to learn about history is to walk where history was made. Revolutionary War sites in all of New Jersey’s 21 counties are featured. I personally felt like I was walking through a doorway to New Jersey’s past as I browsed the website… We congratulate this dedicated scholar of History.“
– The Chinkchewunska Chapter of the National Society of the Daughter of the American Revolution
“One particular resident’s keen interest of the American Revolutionary War period sparked an idea – to share his passion with others. His goal was to literally bring the past alive on a website.
“Al Frazza, a township resident, has made it easy to take a virtual walk and tour through historic sites and landmarks in the state, without ever having to step foot there. After all, he’s done all the legwork already.
“Frazza’s two loves, that of history and that of New Jersey, has come together in his website called ‘RevolutionaryWarNewJersey.com. The extensive listing ranges in photos and research on vrious sites that he has covered over the past several years.
“Frazza conducted and compiled online field guides containing archive photographs, information and directions for hundreds of Revolutionary War sites. He has also mapped out sites that don’t necessarily have to do with battles.”
– Passaic Valley Today, July 19, 2012, “Resident Launches Historical Website”, Tina Pappas