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Albion's Seed

Four British Folkways In America

By David Hackett Fischer, 1935-

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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1989

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Format: Book
Author: Fischer, David Hackett, 1935-
Summary: Discusses the transplanting of British folkways to America during four waves of immigration between 1629 and 1775.
Title: Albion's seed : four British folkways in America / by David Hackett Fischer.
Publisher Date: New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
Subject: United States -- Civilization -- To 1783 United States -- Civilization -- English influences
Isbn: 0195037944 (alk. paper) 9780195037944 (alk. paper) 9780195069051 (pbk.) 0195069056 (pbk.)
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Format: Book
Author: Fischer, David Hackett, 1935-
Summary: Discusses the transplanting of British folkways to America during four waves of immigration between 1629 and 1775.
Title: Albion's seed : four British folkways in America / by David Hackett Fischer.
Publisher, Date: New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
Description: xxi, 946 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Series: America, a cultural history ; v. 1
Series: Fischer, David Hackett, 1935- America, a cultural history ; v. 1.
Subjects: United States -- Civilization -- To 1783
Subjects: United States -- Civilization -- English influences
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Preface: An idea of cultural history -- Introduction: The determinants of a voluntary society -- East Anglia to Massachusetts: the exodus of the English Puritans, 1629-41 -- The south of England to Virginia: distressed cavaliers and indentured servants, 1642-75 -- North Midlands to the Delaware: the Friend's migration, 1675-1725 -- Borderlands to the backcountry: the flight from North Britain, 1717-1775 -- Conclusion: Four British folkways in American history: the origin and persistence of regional cultures in the United States.
LCCN: 89016069
ISBN: 0195037944 (alk. paper)
ISBN: 9780195037944 (alk. paper)
ISBN: 9780195069051 (pbk.)
ISBN: 0195069056 (pbk.)
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Call Number: 973 Fis