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Freedom on the Horizon Freedom on the Horizon

Dutch Immigration to America, 1840–1940

by Krabbendam, Hans

“It’s been eighty years since the last comprehensive study of the Dutch immigrant experience by a Netherlands scholar — Jacob Van Hinte’s magisterial Netherlands in America (1928, English translation 1985). It was worth the wait! Krabbendam has a firmer grasp of American history and culture than his predecessor, who spent only seven weeks on a whirlwind tour of a half-dozen Dutch ‘colonies’ in 1921. Krabbendam earned an M.A. degree in the USA, is widely traveled, versed in American religious culture, and has written the definitive biography of Edward W. Bok (2001). Freedom on the Horizon focuses on the ultimate meaning of immigration — the process by which one’s inherited culture is reshaped into a new Dutch-American identity. ‘Only the steeple was retained,’ Krabbendam notes in his tale of a congregation that tore down its historic church edifice in favor of a modern new one. This is a metaphor of the Dutch immigrant experience written at large, as told here in a masterful way.” - Robert D. Swierenga, Kent State University

Paperback, 432 pages,

USD 30.95 / CAD 30.95

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