2021 Dutch Chicago: A History popular of the lowest Hollanders in the Windy City (Historical Series of the Reformed Church in America (HSRCA)) outlet sale

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Now at least 250,000 strong, the Dutch in greater Chicago have lived for 150 years "below the radar screens" of historians and the general public. Here their story is told for the first time. In "Dutch Chicago" Robert Swierenga offers a colorful, comprehensive history of the Dutch Americans who have made their home in the Windy City since the mid-1800s.

The original Chicago Dutch were a polyglot lot from all social strata, regions, and religions of the Netherlands. Three-quarters were Calvinists; the rest included Catholics, Lutherans, Unitarians, Socialists, Jews, and the nominally churched. Whereas these latter Dutch groups assimilated into the American culture around them, the Dutch Reformed settled into a few distinct enclaves — the Old West Side, Englewood, and Roseland and South Holland — where they stuck together, building an institutional infrastructure of churches, schools, societies, and shops that enabled them to live from cradle to grave within their own communities.

Focusing largely but not exclusively on the Reformed group of Dutch folks in Chicago, Swierenga recounts how their strong entrepreneurial spirit and isolationist streak played out over time. Mostly of rural origins in the northern Netherlands, these Hollanders in Chicago liked to work with horses and go into business for themselves. Picking up ashes and garbage, jobs that Americans despised, spelled opportunity for the Dutch, and they came to monopolize the garbage industry. Their independence in business reflected the privacy they craved in their religious and educational life. Church services held in the Dutch language kept outsiders at bay, as did a comprehensive system of private elementary and secondary schools intended to inculcate youngsters with the Dutch Reformed theological and cultural heritage. Not until the world wars did the forces of Americanization finally break down the walls, and the Dutch passed into the mainstream. Only in their churches today, now entirely English speaking, does the Dutch cultural memory still linger.

"Dutch Chicago" is the first serious work on its subject, and it promises to be the definitive history. Swierenga''s lively narrative, replete with historical detail and anecdotes, is accompanied by more than 250 photographs and illustrations. Valuable appendixes list Dutch-owned garbage and cartage companies in greater Chicago since 1880 as well as Reformed churches and schools. This book will be enjoyed by readers with Dutch roots as well as by anyone interested in America''s rich ethnic diversity.

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A. J. Robbins
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Excellent detailed account of Dutch Chicago!
Reviewed in the United States on September 30, 2013
Thank you so very much for writing such a wonderful book!!! My father is of Dutch Chicago decent and from the Roseland neighborhood. I got this book on a recomendation from a geneologist that I met and got it for my father for christmas. He can''t put it down!!!! He has... See more
Thank you so very much for writing such a wonderful book!!! My father is of Dutch Chicago decent and from the Roseland neighborhood. I got this book on a recomendation from a geneologist that I met and got it for my father for christmas. He can''t put it down!!!! He has either known a lot of these people or he has heard stories. He didn''t know how vast the history was and how detailed of an account he could ever get. It means so much to him and to me to know more about this side of my family and the history here. I don''t think there is another book out ther that chronicles in such detail. This is a great piece of Chicago history and one that has gone under the radar and is certainly less well known even by locals and Chicago natives.
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Amazingly detailed
Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2008
Swierenga does a fantastic job of pulling out all the details, both historic and personal, of the Dutch people who settled in the Chicago area. From religion to schools, societies, businesses, politics, to the "other Dutch," this book covers it all and includes wonderful... See more
Swierenga does a fantastic job of pulling out all the details, both historic and personal, of the Dutch people who settled in the Chicago area. From religion to schools, societies, businesses, politics, to the "other Dutch," this book covers it all and includes wonderful photos of old Chicago, the farms, churches, schools, transportation (horse-drawn wagons, milk trucks, garbage trucks, etc) and families. Much of the book deals with the religious aspects of Dutch immigration and life as religion played a huge and fascinating part in the daily lives of the Dutch. "Dutch Chicago" is an amazing compilation of history and geneaology entwined with personal stories and interesting tidbits... very readable, very educational.
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Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2016
Very interesting to read the history of our family in the Chicago area.
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Reviewed in the United States on October 28, 2017
Very well written and easy to read even though it is crammed full of details. Learned many new and interesting things.
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Christian Faith, the Dutch in Chicago
Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2011
I found this work very interestingly. I am of Dutch Ancestry. I lived in the Roseland part of Chicago the first ten years of my life. I also attended the First Reform Church of Roseland (later known as Thorn Creek Reform Church) the first 25 years of my life. I currently... See more
I found this work very interestingly. I am of Dutch Ancestry. I lived in the Roseland part of Chicago the first ten years of my life. I also attended the First Reform Church of Roseland (later known as Thorn Creek Reform Church) the first 25 years of my life. I currently attend Covent Presbyterian of Elk Grove Village. An interest in Calvinism is an asset in finding this book interesting.I have traveled back to Calvinism. I have put two of this author''s work on my future reading list: Dutch Reformed Church of the 19th century; Dutch Immigration and Settlement in the United States1820-1920.

This work contains many things not church history or theological, but if this does not interest the reader he will bypass a great portion of this work. A lot of this work is about how congregations were formed in the Reformed and Christian Reformed Churches. Also dealt with quite a bit is church building and congregation''s moving and building new buildings as the members move to new areas. Pastors quitting, dismissals, and the calling of a new pastor, Sunday work, Allow or not allow Sunday Schools, Internal theological conflicts about Dutch vs. English sermons, Union membership, to permit woman a vote, Purely Psalter sing or sing Hymns, To have accompany Music (Church Organ), To allow members to join Masonic lodges, Congregational sing or allowing a choir to sing some songs, and controversy in how run and regulate youth groups. This book also gives a history of Christian Education included Controversies at Christian High and Timothy Christian.

Again this book also deals about work ethic, social organizations, Catholic Dutch, Jewish Dutch, Dutch Companies, and a brief description of political thought and behavior.
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