Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America

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Oxford University Press, 1989 - Fiction - 946 pages
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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.

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Excellent resource/reference-like 900+ pgs, volume. - Goodreads
Excellent insights on the origins of American identity. -
It is both thoroughly researched and readable. - Goodreads
Very interesting premise. - Goodreads
Tremendous writer and historian. - Goodreads
This is a scholarly work - a text/reference book. - Goodreads

Review: Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: A Cultural History, Vol. I)

User Review  - Allison - Goodreads

Phenomenal book. Solid research but written so well. Explores dramatic differences between those who settled New England and Virginia. Read full review

Review: Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: A Cultural History, Vol. I)

User Review  - Sophie Gale - Goodreads

This is a doorstop of a book--over 900 pages. I've owned it for a decade or more but never read more than a third of it. However, I've been studying English History, so I decided to give it another go ... Read full review


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About the author (1989)

David Hackett Fischer is Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University. He is the author of numerous books, including Paul Revere's Ride and Growing Old in America.

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