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In this collection of very interesting essays on the presence of "Dutchness" in the US, the editors conclude that the Dutch presence in colonial America and the US has been "profound and extensive," dating from Henry Hudson's arrival in New York in 1609 and embracing a broad range of cultural, political, and economic engagements between the Netherlands and America over a period of four centuries. Much of this Dutchness is cultural, but other topics are also considered. Among the former are Dutch art and the Hudson Valley patroon painters, the Hudson-Fulton exhibition of 1909, collections of Dutch masters by US collectors, Dutchness in fact and fiction, the importance of historian John Lothrop Motley, the formation of a Calvinist subculture, and the influence of sociologist Fred L. Polak and architect Rem Koolhaas. Essays on immigrant experiences discuss the failure of the Dutch settlement of Friesland, Minnesota, and the cultural legacy of the Dutch communities in Pella and Orange City, Iowa. This legacy, part of which is invented traditions, consists of tulip festivals, wearing Dutch costumes and wooden shoes, folk dances, and architecture. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. G. D. Homan emeritus, Illinois State University
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