Who should determine our culture and the morals our society follows?
Culture, or the intellectual achievements, attitudes, and behaviors of our particular places and social groups, is all around us. It impacts how we think and act as members of families, local communities, states, and nations.
Culture is important. So how do we establish culture? Who sets the unwritten social rules and ideas that we adopt and live by?
Joyce Goodfriend, a professor of history at the University of Denver and author of Who Should Rule at Home? Confronting the Elite in British New York City, helps us investigate these questions by taking us through the history of early New York City and how its culture evolved between 1664 and 1776.
About the Show
Ben Franklin’s World is a podcast about early American history.
It is a show for people who love history and for those who want to know more about the historical people and events that have impacted and shaped our present-day world.
Each episode features a conversation with a historian who helps us shed light on important people and events in early American history.
Ben Franklin’s World is a production of the Omohundro Institute.
Joyce Goodfriend, a professor of history at the University of Denver and author of Who Should Rule at Home? Confronting the Elite in British New York City, helps us investigate how early New Yorkers established and negotiated the culture of their city between 1664 and 1776.
As she takes us through the establishment and development of English culture in early New York City, she reveals information about the Dutch colony of New Netherland and how the English obtained possession of it; Details about New York City’s transition for a culturally Dutch city to a culturally English City; And, the different ways New Yorkers resisted and negotiated the assumed cultural and moral authority of the elites around them.
What You’ll Discover
- New Netherland and the Dutch West India Company
- Culture and Demography of New Netherland
- The English conquest of New Netherland in 1664
- New York City as a culturally Dutch city
- New York City’s transition to an English colonial city
- The Dutch reconquest of New Netherland in 1673
- Leisler’s Rebellion
- Tensions between the Dutch and English residents of early New York City
- Social and cultural hierarchy of colonial New York City
- The debate over Dutch language
- Dutch books in colonial New York City
- Family structure and cultural challenges to it in colonial New York City
- Self-divorce in colonial New York City
- Cultural resistance of indentured servants
- Cultural resistance of enslaved men and women
- New York City past and present
Links to People, Places, and Publications
- Joyce Goodfriend
- Who Should Rule At Home? Confronting the Elite in British New York City
- Before the Melting Pot: Society and Culture in Colonial New York City, 1664-1730
- Georgian Papers Programme
- Episode 009: Peter G. Rose, How the Dutch Brought Us Santa, Presents, and Treats
- Episode 020: Kyle T. Bulthuis, Four Steeples Over the City Streets
- Episode 104: Andrew Lipman, The Saltwater Frontier: Europeans & Native Americans on the Northeastern Coast
- Episode 121: Wim Klooster, The Dutch Moment in the 17th-Century Atlantic World
- Episode 159: The Revolutionary Economy
- Episode 161: Smuggling and the American Revolution
- Episode 182: Douglas Winiarski, The Great Awakening in New England
In your opinion, what might have happened to the culture and development of New York City society if the Dutch had held on to New York at the end of the Third Anglo-Dutch War in 1674? Do you think the Dutch would have imposed a cultural campaign to Batavianize or Dutchify the English? How would the city’s cultural development have been different?
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