Drawing comparisons with the broader Huguenot diaspora, this book reassesses the prevailing view that Huguenots in North America quickly conformed to Anglicanism and abandoned the French language and other distinctive characteristics in order to assimilate into Anglo-American culture. Although the standard interpretation may still be true for Huguenots in heterogeneous urban communities, it should be modified for Huguenots in ethnically and religiously homogeneous rural settlements like New Paltz and New Rochelle, where the process was more akin to a gradual acculturation.
Paula Wheeler Carlo is Assistant Professor of History at Nassau Community College, State University of New York. Her doctoral dissertation received the 2001 book award from the National Huguenot Society. In 2003 she was given a Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award from Nassau Community College and in 2004 she received the prestigious State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.