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Title: Religion in America Series A Perfect Babel of Confusion: Dutch Religion and English Culture in the Middle Colonies RANDALL BALMER
Authors: S. Stout, Harry
Harry S. Stout
Keywords: Reformed Church
Issue Date: 1989
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Description: This study examines the clash of Dutch and English cultures and charts the religious effects of that confrontation. No institution reflected the vicissitudes of Anglicization with greater clarity than the Dutch Reformed Church over the course of a century. The awkward posturings of the Dutch clergy mirrored the difficulties facing the Dutch as a conquered people. Moreover, the displacement of the Dutch by the English affected not only cultural institutions but also the religious beliefs and spiritual expressions of colonial Hollanders. Leisler's Rebellion in 1689, an insurrection of lower-class Dutch who had grown restive under English rule, provided the first real indication of fissures within the Dutch community itself. The restoration of English government in 1691, followed closely by the execution of the rebellion's leaders, prompted many Dutch to flee the cauldron of discontent in New York City and Long Island for the Hudson Valley and northern New Jersey. This migration, in turn, laid the groundwork for the arrival of Dutch pietism and, eventually, the Great Awakening in the Middle Colonies.
ISBN: 0-19-505873-9
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