Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America / Edition 1
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Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America / Edition 1

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by David Hackett Fischer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195069056

ISBN-13: 9780195069051

Pub. Date: 03/14/1991

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This fascinating book is the first volume in a projected cultural history of the United States, from the earliest English settlements to our own time. It is a history of American folkways as they have changed through time, and it argues a thesis about the importance for the United States of having been British in its cultural origins.

While most people in the

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This fascinating book is the first volume in a projected cultural history of the United States, from the earliest English settlements to our own time. It is a history of American folkways as they have changed through time, and it argues a thesis about the importance for the United States of having been British in its cultural origins.

While most people in the United States today have no British ancestors, they have assimilated regional cultures which were created by British colonists, even while preserving ethnic identities at the same time. In this sense, nearly all Americans are "Albion's Seed," no matter what their ethnicity may be. The concluding section of this remarkable book explores the ways that regional cultures have continued to dominate national politics from 1789 to 1988, and still help to shape attitudes toward education, government, gender, and violence, on which differences between American regions are greater than between European nations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195069051
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/14/1991
Series:
America: a cultural history Series
Pages:
972
Sales rank:
82,179
Product dimensions:
9.19(w) x 6.13(h) x 1.97(d)

Table of Contents

Preface An Idea of Cultural History vii
Illustrations Drawings, Maps and Tables
xv
Introduction The Determinants of a Voluntary Society 3(10)
East Anglia to Massachusetts: The Exodus of the English Puritans, 1629-41
13(194)
The South of England to Virginia: Distressed Cavaliers and Indentured Servants, 1642-75
207(212)
North Midlands to the Delaware: The Friends' Migration, 1675-1725
419(186)
Borderlands to the Backcountry: The Flight from North Britain, 1717-1775
605(178)
Conclusion Four British Folkways in American History: The Origin and Persistence of Regional Cultures in the United States
783(116)
Acknowledgments 899(4)
Abbreviations 903(4)
Sources for Maps 907(4)
Index 911

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Albion's Seed 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Mikey85 More than 1 year ago
This book was definitely worth the read. It offers such a thorough analysis of the subcultures from Great Britain that made up many of the regional subcultures in the United States. Much of why different regions turned out the way they did comes into stark focus. Among some of the more interesting facts was the differences in facial features and appearances amongst different factions of Britons and their descendants in the United States. Also, that the Puritans in New England were finding spots along the rivers that matched their own towns and cities back in England and building the new ones along the same basic layouts. I would highly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in American History or Culture, as so many regional quirks cease to be oddities and make stark sense given the realities of the peoples of the peoples who settled those regions.
QueenBee70 More than 1 year ago
I'm a little confused as to why B&N shows the author as "Anthony Kenny" when it clearly shows on the cover as being David Hackett Fischer. Other than that, I read this book years ago, and found it fascinating. My family ranges from recent Italian immigrants (my great-grandfather) to English and Welsh ancestors from the earliest settlements, and includes German immigrants in the mid-1800's. As someone who has moved about the eastern US and lived overseas as well, I have been interested in the various cultures of the different east coast regions; like many Euro-Americans who came of age in the 1960's, I struggled with racism, tolerance, and the guilty knowledge that some of my ancestors did indeed own slaves. For me, this book helped put my family's culture into perspective. I often wondered where my father's tolerance and lack of prejudice came from (other than his own gentle nature), and his insistence that we judge others as individuals rather than as stereotypes. I found the philosophical roots I had grown up with while reading this book. For me, it helped put my personal journey into a much broader context. I look forward to re-reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are at all curious about 17th century everyday living, dying, religion, child rearing, marriage, cooking, dress and you name it, this is the book for you. As usual, Dr. Fischer has written an enjoyable book. I'm the second person in my household to read it and I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book to have on one's reference shelf mainly because of the maps. The map on page 833 shows the regional differences that still impact our presidential elections!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a superb book for anyone who has lived (or will live) in different parts of our country, because it explains a great deal about the regional differences in American culture. For example, to southerners, New Englanders often appear cold. They're not - they just have a very different cultural 'pattern'. Mr. Fischer explains where these patterns arose in Britain, and how they changed in America. Well and entertainingly written, with copious statistical footnotes in support of his assertions. I couldn't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a great book especially if you have ancestors of Mass Bay Colony.....it tells the 'relationship between the present and the past'(Fischer)....and how the colonist gradually changed the way of thinking for themselves not let the king and Parliment decide for them and hence the American Revolutionary War within 141 years of the settlement of Mass Bay Colony [1630].
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