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Set in stone : creating and commemorating a Hudson Valley culture

Author: Kenneth Shefsiek
Publisher: Albany : SUNY Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1678, seven French-speaking Protestant families established the village of New Paltz in the Hudson River Valley of New York. Life on the edge of European settlement presented many challenges, but a particular challenge for these ethnic Walloon families, originally from the southern Spanish Netherlands, was that they lived in a Dutch cultural region in an English colony. In Set in Stone, Kenneth Shefsiek explores  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Shefsiek, Kenneth.
Set in stone.
Albany : State University of New York Press, 2017
(DLC) 2016053185
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth Shefsiek
ISBN: 9781438464350 1438464355
OCLC Number: 961801011
Description: x, 304 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: New Paltz: into the mix --
The Walloons' English town --
"I give devise and bequeath": gender, property, and the ethnocultural frontier --
Halls, windows, hearths, and barns: architecture and ethnic culture --
"French, Dutch, and tolerable English": language use in early New Paltz --
Schism: ecclesiastical conflict in a creolized community --
"The precious germ of civil and religion freedom" --
Set in stone.
Responsibility: Kenneth Shefsiek.

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"In 1678, seven French-speaking Protestant families established the village of New Paltz in the Hudson River Valley of New York. Life on the edge of European settlement presented many challenges, but a particular challenge for these ethnic Walloon families, originally from the southern Spanish Netherlands, was that they lived in a Dutch cultural region in an English colony. In Set in Stone, Kenneth Shefsiek explores how the founders and their descendants reacted to and perpetuated this multiethnic cultural environment for generations. As the founding families controlled their town economically and politically, they creatively and selectively blended the cultures available to them. They allowed their Walloon culture to slip away early in the village's history, but they continued to combine Dutch and English cultures for more than 150 years. When they finally abandoned the last vestiges of Dutch culture in the early nineteenth century, they did so just as descendants of English colonists began to claim that the national commitment to liberty and freedom was grounded in the nation's English heritage. Not willing to be marginalized, descendants of the New Paltz Walloons constructed an alternative national narrative, placing their ancestors at the very center of the American story."--Publisher's description.

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