Albion's Seed

Albion's Seed : Four British Folkways in America

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Eighty percent of Americans have no British ancestors. According to David Hackett Fischer, however, their day-to-day lives are profoundly influenced by folkways transplanted from Britain to the New World with the first settlers. Residual, yet persistent, aspects of these 17th Century folkways are indentifiable, Fischer argues, in areas as divers as politics, education, and attitudes towards gender, sexuality, age, and child-raising. Making use of both traditional and revisionist scholarship, this ground-breaking work documents how each successive wave of early emigration-Puritans to the North-East; Royalist aristocrats to the South; the Friends to the Delaware Valley; Irish and North Britons to the American backcountry-contributed to, and continue to affect, ingrained cultural differences between various regions in the United States.
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  • Paperback | 972 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 43.18mm | 1,383.45g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 80 line drawings
  • 0195069056
  • 9780195069051
  • 208,066

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The author undoubtedly develops his theme with vigour and enthusiasm. ... he has ransacked all sorts of interesting sources ... historians will find much useful material in Albion's Seed"Social History Fischer's is a striking and distinctive vision. * Journal of American Studies * Professor Fischer has written a major book, which cannot be ignored. * Jonathan Clark, The Times *
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About David Hackett Fischer

Author of Growing Old in America (OUP/USA 1977)
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