How Dutch Americans Stayed Dutch

An Historical Perspective on Ethnic Identities

Michael J. Douma

How Dutch Americans Stayed Dutch

Michael J. Douma

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

234 pages | 8 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9789089646453 Published September 2014 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This study explores Dutch identity in the United States, demonstrating how over time Dutch Americans have remained persistently present as a distinct group, yet at the same time have represented a wide range of perspectives on “Dutchness” itself. Exploring the long history of Dutch identity, Michael J. Douma argues that the very flexibility of the concept of Dutchness has enabled this ethnic group to evolve to meet changing circumstances even as it has allowed Dutch Americans to retain a sense of themselves as fundamentally Dutch.

Preface and Acknowledgements


1. The Birth of Dutch American Identities

2. Making Patriotic American Citizens, 1850-1900

3. A Black Dutchman and the Racial Discourse of the Dutch in America, 1865-1920

4. Denominational Identities and the Peak of Dutch America, 1900-1920

5. The Dutch Consular Network’s Influence on Identities

6. Arnold Mulder’s Alienated Second Generation

7. Tulip Time and the Invention of a New Ethnic Identity

8. The Fading of Dutch Identities

9. Americans of Dutch Descent and the Heritage Movement





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