Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways In America
  • Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways In America
  • Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways In America
ISBN: 0195069056
EAN13: 9780195069051
Language: English
Pages: 972
Dimensions: 1.7" H x 9.2" L x 6.1" W
Weight: 3.05 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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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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   I particularly liked the breakdown of each group into their 'folkways' - ...
I purchased this book after Malcolm Gladwell referred to it in Outliers. This book is dauntingly large in format, but actually quite straightforward to read and deeply engrossing. It includes four separate migrations from the America to the British Isles, hence the size. I particularly liked the breakup of each group into their '' folkways '', that is, attitudes about sex, child rearing, education, etc. It is not academically dense writing, easy to absorb and ended up very touching to me, seeing how folkway characteristics from hundreds of years ago in England are still residing in my family today.
 
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   Very Well Written
This book is a must read for genealogists who are studying early migration to the colonies or those who want a deeper understanding of what shaped America before the revolutionary war. David David Hackett Fisher has an eloquent writing style that brings what could otherwise be dry research and takes it to life.
 
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   I love this book!
I read this book cover to cover and find it a great addition to my home library. Have bought several copies over the years and have given them to others or lent them to others. Was hoping that a followup would be written about later immigrations, but that did not happen.
 
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   If You Want to Understand America-Read This!
Quite possibly the most cultural book ever written about America's interesting origins. A must for reading if you want to understand what makes the USA tick.
 
5
   Comprehensive, massive, enlightening. I learned a huge ...
This comprehensive, massive enlightening was massive. I learned a great deal about the origins of many of the contemporary political and social movements that are with us today. Really fascinating ''.
 
5
   Enlightening book about where some of our early American practices ...
( speech, buildings, marriage, divorce, religious death, community governance ). It was a textbook for a genealogy class that I took.
 
5
   Understanding America
This is the gold standard of the history books. It is one of the few books of this type that I wish everyone would read. It opened my understanding of America and its history and truly enhanced the times and places and peoples of the past to me. If you take it, read it in any order by section. If you still have interest, pick up the next. If it is hard for you to absorb all the research details, feel free to skim all the details. They are not seen in the slightest, and once you learn about them, you will start seeing them, or their descendants, everywhere. If you want to start understanding America and don't have the desire to take on an older text like De Toqueville, give this a try.
 
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   How America got the way we are.
David David Hackett Fischer's book is the signal work on understanding the origins of the regional differences in America. It leaves the reader smacked at the level of historical detail. If you claim to love American history, you will after digesting this book truly strengthen that claim.
 
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   Quick ship, brand new item! Bought for half the price I would have paid in the college bookstore!
Love that I can use the ISBN number and generally get books for college at around half the price on the college bookstore site. My daughter likes new books, my son prefers one used, and I can get both types to suit my students. Best of all, when things are early, they can get a jump on the semester by reading ahead... Perfect! ''
 
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   Anyone into genealogy with ancestors from the British Isles will love this book.
This is a very informative book, with information gathered from the 17th and 18th centuries of immigration from the British Isles. It has sections on the Puritans, Quakers, Indentured servants and Immigration to the Back Country. The latter refers to the Scots - Irish, Scottish, Irish who were more common country folk. You can read this as a reference book or read the sections that pertain to your ancestors or treat the whole thing in whatever order you choose. I started out in four parts with the back country first.
 
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