THE CRY THAT RANG FROM BRUSSELS TO NEW AMSTERDAM
The Walloons and Flemings Make Their Way to America
From the Introduction
In the 16th century, the converts to the new Calvinist religion in the southern Netherlands fought on the losing side in the revolution against Spain and the Catholic Church. Unsuccessful in their battle to win the right to worship as they wished in their homeland, where they were treated as criminals, they wandered stateless for decades and finally crossed the Atlantic in the company of Dutch entrepreneurs to populate important areas of the New World. These refugees from the southern provinces, whose new neighbors were Dutch, gradually forgot that they were not ethnically Dutch but walloon and Flemish, from a part of the world that is now known as Belgium. This book is an effort to retell their frequently distorted and even suppressed story.
Alfred H. Marks, PhD, is a professor emeritus of the State University of New York at New Paltz, where he taught English for more than 20 years, specializing in early American literature. He is notably published on Nathaniel Hawthorne and Walt Whitman. A passion for all things Japanese grew out of his military service in World War II, and he is a translator of modern Japanese literature. He developed an interest in the history of the Mid-Hudson Valley, and as a member of the Reformed Church (formerly the Dutch Reformed Church) of New Paltz for nearly 50 years, he became intrigued by the rather vague and mysterious origins of the church founders. This book, representing many years of delving into centuries-old historical documents with his French collaborator, Francis Devos, is the result.
189 pages, illustrated in color, 7 x 10, 2012
$17.00 paperback--A Purple Mountain Press original
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