America's True Mother Country?

Images of the Dutch in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century

By G.H. Joost Baarssen

This thesis analyzes American images of the Dutch since the second half of the 19th century. Works by John Lothrop Motley (1814-1877), Douglas Campbell (1840-1893), and William Elliot Griffis (1843-1928) are explored to assess the transformation in American thinking about the Dutch of the Netherlands and Dutch-Americans. These writers celebrate the Dutch as proto-Americans, while using the characteristically American typological approach to history to make sense of themselves and their country. Thesis. (Series: MasteRResearch - Vol. 5)

Publication Date: 3/25/2014
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783643904928