Albion's Seed by David Hackett Fischer
Four British Folkways in America (America: a cultural history)

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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.

About David Hackett Fischer

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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.
Published January 1, 1989 by Oxford University Press Inc. 937 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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The American Conservative

The other kind of white Southern culture descends from the Borderlands, and it in many ways is characteristically opposed to the Tidewater Cavalier culture (see the documentary film trailer I’ve embedded above, about an extreme example of Appalachian libertarian rebel culture embedded in a partic...

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The American Conservative

He urges the American people to preserve the national credit by avoiding war, avoiding unnecessary borrowing, and paying off any national debt accumulated in times of war as quickly as possible in times of peace so that future generations do not have to take on the financial burdens that others h...

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