Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2014

Abstract

What happens to Dutch ethnic identity after several generations in America? William Vandever (1817-1893) illustrates at least one path of acculturation. He was a Congressman twice--first from Iowa, later from California. During the Civil War, he raised a Union regiment from Iowa and was a general by the time the war ended. In the 1870s he was a U.S. Indian Inspector. His Dutchness, though, persisted through his self-identification as a devout Presbyterian--in the greater Reformed tradition of his Dutch ancestors of the 17th century.

Comments

This article was originally published in Robert P. Swierenga, Nella Kennery, Lisa Zylstra, eds., Dutch Americans and War: United States and Abroad (Holland, MI: Van Raalte Press, 2014), 53-66.

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