Category: History

Post-Revolutionary National and Gender Identity in Crevecoeur’s Letters from an American Farmer and Tyler’s The Contrast

The latter part of the eighteenth century proved to be a tumultuous time full of upheaval for the colonies, later the United States of America. Even before the signing of the Declaration of Independence in July of 1776, Americans balanced a liminal national identity; they were simultaneously British and decidedly not British. While they were …

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The New Netherlands Colony and Dutch Influence

Resources to learn about the Dutch’s presence in America as well as their long-lasting influence on the United States. Introduction:             While it is easy to assume that United States’ culture stems from its British ancestors, like the Puritans who settled the New England area, the truth behind the United States’ identity is much more …

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Witchcraft in New Netherland

By the late sixteenth century, Holland had mostly outgrown the sensationalism and accusations of witchcraft. With the Dutch settlement of New Netherland (now New York), the immigrants brought this sense of skepticism, resulting in only a few cases of witchcraft in this area compared to the several in other parts of the colonies. Cotton Mather’s …

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