- Series: Princeton Paperbacks
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; Reprint edition (September 19, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691037876
- ISBN-13: 978-0691037875
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,630,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Before the Melting Pot: Society and Culture in Colonial New York City, 1664-1730 Reprint Edition
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An excellent study of New York City's diverse population. (Choice)
Joyce Goodfriend's book advances the discussion of the meaning of pluralism in colonial America through a deft integration of ethnic history, African-American history, and women's history in a non-ideological manner.---David S. Cohen, Journal of Social History
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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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This book, however, does not encompass every ethnic group in colonial New York. For instance, the German and the African presence in the city does not receive the same scrutiny as the French and the Dutch. Goodfriend does offer a portrait of ethnic interaction. Her work, however, is primarily a consideration of Dutch (and French) adjustment to English colonial policy.
think of New York as starting off as New Amsterdam.