A Factious People: Politics and Society in Colonial New York

A Factious People: Politics and Society in Colonial New York

A Factious People: Politics and Society in Colonial New York

A Factious People: Politics and Society in Colonial New York

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The written history of colonial New York is at present not in an orderly state. Its condition hardly encourages anyone either to take up with confidence a study of some particular aspect of it or, in a more general way, to try fitting New York and its affairs into the larger story of colonial America. There are two major reasons for this. One is that there have been very few efforts to fashion an overall view of early New York life. The principal exception, the work of Carl Becker, is being slowly buried under a growing accumulation of criticism, but no one as yet has taken the next step and produced a new synthesis that can replace the pattern of Becker's picture. The other problem has to do with the inordinately fragmented nature of recent work. There have been a number of good doctoral dissertations treating certain aspects of New York colonial history, but most of these have never been published. Instead, cullings from them are scattered through more than half a dozen scholarly journals, and though this is better than nothing, it does little to remedy the general disjointedness of the literature. Some specialized studies of great merit have recently been published; most notable among these is Stanley Katz's monograph on the Anglo-American aspects of New York politics. There have been a few recent biographies, some interesting volumes on the Beekmans and their mercantile activities, and some older and still useful studies of labor, land patterns, and New York City merchants. Each of these works sheds light on some otherwise dark corner of New York colonial life, but taken all together . . .

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