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How Dutch Americans Stayed Dutch: An Historical Perspective on Ethnic Identities (American Studies) Hardcover – September 15, 2014
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In this innovative study, Douma provides a nuanced analysys of the dynamic concept of 'Dutchness' among Dutch American Calvinists since the mid-nineteenth century and shows how the meaning of ethnic identity changed over time as the group assimilated into the wider culture. The book is a major contribution in immigration and ethnic studies by a young scholar who has mastered the new genre of 'image' studies in historical research. --Robert P. Swierenga, Research Professor, A. C. Van Raalte Institute, Hope College, and Professor of History Emeritus, Kent State University [-][-]"Douma's book is an innovative interpretation of the history of Dutch ethnicity in the United States. By adding race, class, commerce, and diplomacy to religion, he significantly broadens the temporal and thematic scope of the Dutch in America from its origins in the seventeenth century to the present. He effectively applies concepts of identity, community, and nation to familiar and new stories of Dutch immigration, which generates a fascinating spectrum of identifications for immigrants from the Netherlands." -- Hans Krabbendam, Roosevelt Study Center, Middelburg, the Netherlands [-][-]"Douma describes Dutch (mainly Protestant) ethnic identity in the US. Douma presents ethnicity as a fluid construction, and based on a wealth of archival material, analyses how and why Dutch ethnic identity was constructed, maintained and how and why it changed over time. He identifies who stood to gain from a (re-)construction of Dutchness. Douma adds to the literature by looking at his subject from a large number of angles, and studying a large period of time. The result is a dynamic and well-written story, rich in depth and detail." -- Marlou Schrover, Professor of Migration History, Leiden University, the Netherlands[-][-] [-][-]"Michael Douma's new book work will help historians of other ethnic groups frame the stories of their heritages (...). It is an accessible door into the often arcane world of ethnic history." - Robert Schoone-Jongen, Middle West Review
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