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This was one of the most mundane reads I ve ever suffered After a promising first couple of chapters, the author slowly began regurgitating events, nothing Surviving the American Revolution became as dull as dish water Although there were some factual gems, they in no way made up for the dispassionate rehashing of 17th and 18th century American history As Winston Churchill said, History belongs to the victor For the United States much of our history and concepts of life reflect the British domination of this land But there were many of cultures that helped build this nation and influenced its people This book by Jean Zimmerman focuses on the Dutch heritage of NY and mid Atlantic states As the title clearly states this book is about the women in a Dutch family and the power that they had and used The book begins very strong but falters as it progresses through younger generations Regardless of its faults, this book will enlighten many Americans about the power and freedom that Dutch women had while British women lived under the yokes of their husbands. Fortunes come and fortunes go 17th century women were a strong breed The author did an amazing research job and I will never think about early New Amsterdam the same way. The first third of this book was really interesting Once the story moved on from Margaret I couldn t get back into it. Very well written in great detail and historical accuracy. I just could not get through this book It reads like a history book and is so bogged down with boring details, I found myself skipping to any parts I could find with human interactions. The traditions of the DutchLet the women take on much,Like to own and trade and such. My students were assigned this book, and from my informal survey about 15 out of 75 actually read it But the ones who did said that they found it much readable than the textbook high praise , so I hope that if they open it, they will get something out of it Zimmerman traces the descendents of a Dutch woman who came to New Amsterdam in 1659, had a family while building a merchant empire and left a fortune for her husband and children.In some ways, it reads like a novel, which I found frustrating at times because we don t really know if Margaret gazed off into the distance, envisioning her future house and the realization of her dreams Footnote please Citation But I am willing to accept that the Prof approved it and has no problem with her evidence, which is mostly pulled from other secondary sources I concede What is useful about this is the way it discusses the rights and independence of women under the Dutch, and the gradual contraction of rights as successive generations bowed to British rule There is some interesting social history eked out along the way like how Dutch women dealt with menstruation and the evolution of the family is quite interesting As Margaret s enterprise moves from importing Dutch goods to importing slaves to complete dependence on the slave trade, the personalities become less compelling and less sympathetic I will be interested to see how my students react to the change from an independent woman who enjoyed greater independence than they thought possible for a woman outside of their own experience to an indifferent slave trafficker I like that it is readable, that it has far greater to engage this particular audience than their poor unread textbook, and that the information it gives is solid about Dutch women and their devolution under British rule I am concerned that they will not see Margaret s experience as exceptional and that they will not be able to connect this story with the larger historical narrative We ll see. {Free Book} Ý The Women of the House: How a Colonial She-Merchant Built a Mansion, a Fortune, and a Dynasty Æ The Remarkable Margaret Hardenbroeck Philipse Arrived In New Amsterdam From Holland In , A Brash And Ambitious Twenty Two Year Old Bent On Making Her Way In The New World She Promptly Built An Empire Of Trading Ships, Furs, And Real Estate That Included All Of Westchester County The Dutch Called Such Women She Merchants, And Margaret Became The Wealthiest In The Colony, While Raising Five Children And Keeping A Spotless Linen Closet Zimmerman Deftly Traces The Astonishing Rise Of Margaret And The Philipse Women Who Followed Her, Who Would Transform Margaret S Storehouse On The Banks Of The Hudson Into A Veritable Mansion, Philipse Manor Hall The Last Philipse To Live There, Mary Philipse Morris The It Girl Of Mid S New York Was Even Courted By George Washington But Privilege Couldn T Shelter The Family From The Revolution, Which Raged On Mary S Doorstep Mining Extensive Primary Sources, Zimmerman Brings Us Into The Parlors, Bedrooms, Countinghouses, And Parties Of Early Colonial America And Vividly Restores A Forgotten Group Of Women To Life I enjoyed reading this book and learning a bit about the generations of a family that first settled in Manhattan.While not as riveting as Island at the Center of the World The History of Dutch Manhattan by Russell Shorto, this book still gives us a glimpse of what life was like for one successful family in the city of New Amsterdam which became New York.I think the book would have been helped by a family tree, especially since spouses and children s names are often given I m looking forward to visiting Phillipse Manor this fall and see if I can conjure up a moment of what it may have been like for the families that lived here.