Enjoy Russell Shorto’s Great Thesis About Searching Deeper for New York’s Dutch Roots

Russell Shorto’s four part video highlights key passages of his great book, The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America. Enjoy part one to help you launch into this project more as you begin to understand that the influence of Dutch colonial culture is a “blind spot” that Americans have about their early history. I recommend all four parts if you are interested in this part of colonial history. In part four, you can also learn how Long Islanders may have developed their unique way of saying, “Long Island.” You can also appreciate Shorto’s thesis about how immigrants coming to New York and spreading an early form of multicultural American capitalism west is another realization that they were actually experiencing Dutch sensibilities of the New Amsterdam colony that did not change that much with its new name, New York.

About Bill Sullivan

I am an English teacher working with great students at Suffield Academy. I also teach seniors in various project-based learning environments. Some of the #PBL topics included global issues, such as Pandemics, Climate Change, and Water; more recently I have asked students to research and identify topics important to our school community and their generation. We curate these topics with a #StudentCenteredPBL. For the past eleven years, I also created a driving question for a class to research a local history mystery and present their findings in a community program partnering with our local historical society. These topics encompass researching the lives of enslaved individuals who were contributors to the foundation of our community.
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