Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America

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Oxford University Press, 1989 - Fiction - 946 pages
127 Reviews
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  - Robert - Goodreads

This book was recommended to me by my Dad who was an avid history buff. This takes an interesting look at the four main British folkways into the United States. It looks at how each influenced our ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Kate Stout - Goodreads

This is one of the most remarkable books I have ever read. I love history, and and have read deeply both English and American history. This book traces 4 paths of emigration from England to America ... 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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