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Set in Stone
Creating and Commemorating a Hudson Valley Culture
Set in Stone
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Kenneth Shefsiek - Author
Price: $90.00 
Hardcover - 314 pages
Release Date: March 2017
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-6435-0

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Release Date: January 2018
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ISBN13: 978-1-4384-6436-7

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2017 Annual Hendricks Award, presented by the New Netherland Institute

Challenges the belief that the Walloons and the Dutch of the Hudson Valley were cultural preservationists who resisted English culture.

In 1678, seven French-speaking Protestant families established the village of New Paltz in the Hudson River Valley of New York. Life on the edge of European settlement presented many challenges, but a particular challenge for these ethnic Walloon families, originally from the southern Spanish Netherlands, was that they lived in a Dutch cultural region in an English colony. In Set in Stone, Kenneth Shefsiek explores how the founders and their descendants reacted to and perpetuated this multiethnic cultural environment for generations.

As the founding families controlled their town economically and politically, they creatively and selectively blended the cultures available to them. They allowed their Walloon culture to slip away early in the village’s history, but they continued to combine Dutch and English cultures for more than 150 years. When they finally abandoned the last vestiges of Dutch culture in the early nineteenth century, they did so just as descendants of English colonists began to claim that the national commitment to liberty and freedom was grounded in the nation’s English heritage. Not willing to be marginalized, descendants of the New Paltz Walloons constructed an alternative national narrative, placing their ancestors at the very center of the American story.

“Highly recommended.” — CHOICE

“Shefsiek demonstrates clear command of this detailed history and presents it in a comprehensive and engaging format.” — Hudson River Valley Review

“Kenneth Shefsiek demonstrates that he has a keen eye for detail, and this careful attention to the small things helps bring New Paltz’s past to life. The book paints a surprising picture of one of the most intriguing communities in early America.” — Andrew Lipman, author of The Saltwater Frontier: Indians and the Contest for the American Coast

Kenneth Shefsiek is Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.


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Table of Contents

List of Maps, Tables, and Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: New Paltz: Into the Mix

1. The Walloons’ English Town

2. I Give Devise and Bequeath: Gender, Property, and Ethnocultural Creolization

3. Halls, Windows, Hearths, and Barns: Architecture and Ethnic Culture

4. “French, Dutch, and Tolerable English”: Language Use in Early New Paltz

5. Schism: Ecclesiastical Conflict in a Creolized Community

6. “The precious germ of civil and religion freedom”

7. Set in Stone

Notes
Bibliography
Index



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