Albion's Seed

by David Hackett Fischer
Category: "U.S. History - Cultural"
Pages:898
Year of Publication:1989
Date Added:01/14/2004
Date Read:11/08/1998
Notes:Subtitle: Four British Folkways in America.

This cultural history explains the European settlement of the United States as voluntary migrations from four English cultural centers. Families of zealous, literate Puritan yeomen and artisans from urbanized East Anglia established a religious community in Massachusetts (1629-40); royalist cavaliers headed by Sir William Berkeley and young, male indentured servants from the south and west of England built a highly stratified agrarian way of life in Virginia (1640-70); egalitarian Quakers of modest social standing from the North Midlands resettled in the Delaware Valley and promoted a social pluralism (1675-1715); and, in by far the largest migration (1717-75), poor borderland families of English, Scots, and Irish fled a violent environment to seek a better life in a similarly uncertain American backcountry. These four cultures, reflected in regional patterns of language, architecture, literacy, dress, sport, social structure, religious beliefs, and familial ways, persisted in the American settlements. The final chapter shows the significance of these regional cultures for American history up to the present.
My Rating: 8

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I like Fischer's writing, and I thought his perspective on American culture in this book was very interesting. I read it several years ago, so I don't recall a lot of details, but I remember finding it fascinating.
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