Albions Seed: Four British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer

Albions Seed: Four British Folkways in America

byDavid Hackett Fischer

Paperback | March 1, 1991

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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 ofhaving 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 ethnicitymay 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 aregreater than between European nations.

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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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Title:Albions Seed: Four British Folkways in AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:972 pages, 6.14 × 9.17 × 1.97 inPublished:March 1, 1991Publisher:Oxford University Press

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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. Itis 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

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"David Hackett Fischer's book could not be much bigger or more ambitious. It is the first in a series of volumes that he hopes will eventually constitute a cultural history of the United States....This book starts his series with a bang--a big bang....Remarkable....A revisionistblockbuster."--Gordon Wood, The New Republic