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Dutch Immigrant Women in the United States, 1880-1920 (Statue of Liberty Ellis Island) Hardcover – August 22, 2002

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ADVANCE PRAISE "A highly readable, analytic and nuanced account... effectively blends the voluminous factual evidence with the latest theories, especially the concept of social reproduction, which Sinke modifies in an imaginative way." -- Robert P. Swierenga, Research Professor, A.C. Van Raalte Institute, Hope College
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  • Series: Statue of Liberty Ellis Island
  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (August 22, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252027310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252027314
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,138,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dutch Immigrant Women in the United States 1880-1920 by Suzanne M. Sinke (295 pages) (published in 2002 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. Publication was funded by a grant from the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.)

Well researched with extensive notes and index, the author of this book has roots in the provinces of Friesland and Zeeland, the Netherlands. Often, when family historians set out to research their ancestors, their female ancestors are invisible, fading into the shadows of their husbands. Sometimes we only have the first name of our female relative to go on; her maiden name is no longer known. What we learn about our great-great grandmothers and beyond is only what we can find out about our great-great grandfathers. Women comprise fifty percent of any equation when talking about genealogy. It truly is a shame that their lives were not as well recorded as the men's lives.

This book covers forty years in American history when the Dutch were actively immigrating to the United States. This study of Dutch immigrant women in America is well researched and, while scholarly, is presented in a very readable format. Every aspect of a Dutch immigrant woman's life during this time in American history is covered: education, courtship, marriage, childbirth, religion, occupations within and outside the home, and the blending of customs. Being a descendent of a great grandmother who immigrated to the United States from Friesland, Netherlands, also added an extra dimension to my reading of the book. Highly recommended.
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