The pan-ethnic elite and the problem of cultural authority -- The indigestible Dutch -- The crystallization of an anti-Dutch narrative -- From nation to linguistic community -- Pious commoners -- George Whitefield awakens New Yorkers -- Becoming religious consumers -- Defiant dependents -- Master of the house? -- Attached to the household -- Sabotaging the civilizers -- Tipping the cultural scales
This work argues that the high-ranking gentlemen who figure so prominently in most accounts of New York City's evolution from 1664, when the English captured the small Dutch outpost of New Amsterdam, to the eve of American independence in 1776 were far from invincible and that the degree of cultural power they held has been exaggerated.
Includes bibliographical references and index
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