Women of the House How a Colonial She-Merchant Built a Mansion, a Fortune, and a Dynasty

ISBN-10: 015101065X

ISBN-13: 9780151010653

Edition: 2006

Authors: Jean Zimmerman
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Description: The remarkable Margaret Hardenbroeck Philipse arrived in New Amsterdam from Holland in 1659, 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-1700s 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, counting-houses, and parties of early colonial America and vividly restores a forgotten group of women to life.

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Book details

List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 8/1/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Jean Zimmerman is the author of four previous books, including The Women of the House: How a Colonial She-Merchant Built a Mansion, a Fortune and a Dynasty. She earned an MFA in writing from the Columbia University School of the Arts and has published her poetry widely in literary magazines. She lives with her family in Westchester County, New York.

Prologue: 1685
1659-1691: Margaret
Her New World
A Map of Manhattan
Wild Diamonds
A Wedding, a Child, and a Funeral on the Ditch
Education of a She-Merchant
A Marriage of Love and Trade
The Superior Authority Over Both Ship and Cargo
The House Margaret Built
A Surfeit of Sugar
1692-1783: Catherine, Joanna, Mary
The Church of Catherine
Not Doubting of Her Care
Fashion Babies
A Hard Winter and Hell
A Castle on the Heights
Fire in the Sky
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes
Sources
Index
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