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.
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 We have here a major contribution to our understanding of colonial America and an interesting case study of the variety in the history of American assimilation. -- Paul A. Gilje American Historical Review
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 19th September 1994
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.9 x 1.93
Weight (kg): 0.466