Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America

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Oxford University Press, 1991 - 946 Seiten
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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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Nutzerbericht  - thornton37814 - LibraryThing

This ambitious volume identifies four regional cultures which migrated from the British Isles to America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Fischer examines each culture in depth ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - msaucier818 - LibraryThing

Very difficult book to rate. I give this a 5 in terms of the history covered, and a 3 in terms of its readability. It is not that it was poorly written, because it was not, but the style and format of ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

The Determinants of a Voluntary Society
3
The Exodus of the English Puritans 162941
13
Distressed Cavaliers and Indentured Servants 164275
207
The Friends Migration 16751725
419
The Flight from North Britain 17171775
605
Four British Folkways in American History The Origin and Persistence of Regional Cultures in the United States
783
Acknowledgments
899
Abbreviations
903
Sources for Maps
907
Index
911
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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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