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Before the Melting Pot

Society and Culture in Colonial New York City, 1664-1730

By (author) Joyce D. Goodfriend
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Princeton University Press, New Jersey, United States
Published: 1st Jul 1992
Dimensions: w 152mm h 229mm d 28mm
Weight: 657g
ISBN-10: 0691047944
ISBN-13: 9780691047942
Barcode No: 9780691047942
Synopsis
From its earliest days under English rule, New York City had an unusually diverse ethnic makeup, with substantial numbers of Dutch, English, Scottish, Irish, French, German, and Jewish immigrants, as well as a large African-American population. Joyce Goodfriend paints a vivid portrait of this society, exploring the meaning of ethnicity in early America and showing how colonial settlers of varying backgrounds worked out a basis for coexistence. She argues that, contrary to the prevalent notion of rapid Anglicization, ethnicity proved an enduring force in this small urban society well into the eighteenth century.

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"We have here a major contribution to our understanding of colonial America and an interesting case study of the variety in the history of American assimilation."--Paul A. Gilje, "American Historical Review"