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Who Should Rule at Home?: Confronting the Elite in British New York City

Joyce D. Goodfriend


This book argues that the high-ranking gentlemen who figure so prominently in most accounts of New York City's evolution from 1664, when the English captured the small Dutch outpost of New Amsterdam, to the eve of American independence in 1776 were far from invincible and that the degree of cultural power they held has been exaggerated. The urban elite experienced challenges to its cultural authority at different times, from different groups, and in a variety of settings. The book illuminates the conflicts that pitted the privileged few against the socially anonymous many who mobilized their m ... More

Keywords: urban elite, New York City, spiritual rebirth, religious choice, Dutch, New Amsterdam, cultural authority, George Whitefield

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451270
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451270.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joyce D. Goodfriend, author
University of Denver