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Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: A Cultural History, Vol. I) - David Hackett Fischer
Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: A Cultural History, Vol. I)
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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... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780195069051 (0195069056)
ASIN: 195069056
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pages no: 972
Edition language: English
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4.0 Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: A Cultural History)
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 the book makes it more of a reference book that an historical narrative. At no point while readi...
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Exhaustively and comprehensively fascinating.
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