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Dutch American voices : letters from the United States, 1850-1930

Author: Herbert J Brinks
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 1995.
Series: Documents in American social history.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Dutch American Voices brings together a full spectrum of such perspectives, as expressed in immigrants' letters to their families and friends in the Netherlands. From the terse notes of first-time writers to the polished chronicles of skilled correspondents, the letters are presented in engaging English translations that capture the diversity of their authors' personalities. Herbert J. Brinks has included  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Records and correspondence
Sources
Correspondence
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Herbert J Brinks
ISBN: 0801430631 9780801430633
OCLC Number: 31331720
Description: xvi, 480 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: An Overview of Dutch Immigration, 1850-1930 --
I. Rural to Rural: Sand-Soil Emigrants --
1. Jacob Harms Dunnink and Lucas Vredeveld (1848-1865): Beaverdam, Michigan, to Staphorst/Rouveen, Overijssel --
2. Arnold Verstegen (1850-188[2]): Little Chute, Wisconsin, to Erp, Noord Brabant --
3. Harm Avink (1884-1909): Blendon, Michigan, to Lochem, Gelderland --
4. Frederik Diemer Family (1894-1928): McBain, Michigan, to Hoogeveen, Drenthe --
II. Rural to Rural: Clay-Soil Emigrants --
5. Teunis and Arie van den Hoek (1866-1895): Illinois, Iowa, and South Dakota to Goudriaan, Zuid Holland --
6. Onno and Klaaske Heller (1891-1909): Holland, Michigan, and Oak Harbor, Washington, to Ulrum, Groningen --
7. Ulbe and Maaike Eringa (1892-1924): Hull, Iowa, and Running Water, South Dakota, to Oosterend, Friesland --
III. Rural to Urban --
8. H.W. van der Bosch and Johan Philipsen (1855-1877): Port Byron and Auburn, New York, to Gendringen, Gelderland --
9. Jan Wonnink Family (1871-1873): Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Geesteren, Gelderland --
10. Marten J. Schoonbeek Family (1873-1931): Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Nieuwolda, and Oude Pekela, Groningen --
11. Tjerk and Maartje (Lautenbach) Zondervan (1893-1911): Paterson, New Jersey, to Tzummarum, Friesland --
12. Klaas Niemeijer (1904-1954): Chicago to Middelstum, Groningen --
13. Aart Plaisier (1910-1916): Grand Rapids and Grant, Michigan, to Ridderkerk, Zuid Holland --
IV. Urban to Urban --
14. Pieter and David Lankester (1850-1867): Franklin and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Veere, Zeeland --
15. Cornelis and Jacoba (van der Veeke) Mannee (1847-1873): New York City to Zierikzee, Zeeland --
16. Jan George Zahn (1856-1858): Muscatine, Iowa, to Amsterdam --
17. Willem Hendrik de Lange (1873-1874): Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Deventer, Overijssel --
V. Detached Immigrants --
18. Henri and Margo van Hall (1882): Junction City, Montana, to Huissen, Gelderland --
19. Ignaats M. Ludovicus Bunnemeijer (1882): New York City to Hillegersberg, Zuid Holland --
20. H. Koopman (1892-1922): Chicago to Borger, Drenthe --
21. Jan Willem Nijenhuis (1908): Newark, New Jersey, to Winterswijk, Gelderland --
22. Anna Kuijt (1907-1918): Chicago and Maurice, Iowa, to Hilversum, Noord Holland --
23. Willem Smith (1935-1936): Tampa, Florida, to Finsterwolde, Groningen. Appendix A. List of Translators --
Appendix B. Dates and Places of Emigration --
Appendix C. Comparative Weights, Measures, and Currency.
Series Title: Documents in American social history.
Responsibility: edited by Herbert J. Brinks.

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Dutch American Voices brings together a full spectrum of such perspectives, as expressed in immigrants' letters to their families and friends in the Netherlands. From the terse notes of first-time writers to the polished chronicles of skilled correspondents, the letters are presented in engaging English translations that capture the diversity of their authors' personalities. Herbert J. Brinks has included twenty-three series of letters from the Dutch Immigrant Letter Collection at Calvin College, covering periods of correspondence from three to fifty-seven years. In addition to an introduction to Dutch immigration history, the book provides abundant illustrations and brief biographies of the correspondents. Most write from Dutch American agricultural communities in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa, but some describe life in cities as far-flung as Paterson, New Jersey; Tampa, Florida; and Oak Harbor, Washington. Rural and urban, Protestant and Catholic, male and female, the letter writers capture moments from their arrival through decades of life in the New World.

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