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Introduction Holland In America

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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the book, which considers the history of Dutch-American identities by addressing a deceptively simple question: How have the Dutch fared in America? While the enduring history of the Dutch in America offers a lengthy and consistently interesting narrative, the historiography pertaining to the topic provides far less material and concentrates on fewer storylines. The chapters in the book address some of the key moments in the larger narrative of America's evolving conception of, and interaction with, Dutchness. Taken together, they begin to breach some of the barriers-chronological, geographical, disciplinary-that have stood in the way of a more integrated brand of Dutch-American studies, bringing into conversation scholars from different specialties and time periods, from the Netherlands and the United States. The book groups chapters together under thematic rubrics that emphasize the cultural core of the Dutch-American identity.

Keywords:America; cultural history; Dutch



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