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Albion's Seed By David Hackett Fischer (Harmondsworth Professor of American History and Fellow, Harmondsworth Professor of American History and Fellow, The Queen's College, Oxford)

Summary

Eighty per cent 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. This text examines the transfer of values from Old World to New.

Albion's Seed Summary

Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer (Harmondsworth Professor of American History and Fellow, Harmondsworth Professor of American History and Fellow, The Queen's College, Oxford)

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.

Albion's Seed Reviews

Professor Fischer has written a major book, which cannot be ignored. * Jonathan Clark, The Times *
Fischer's is a striking and distinctive vision. * Journal of American Studies *
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

About David Hackett Fischer (Harmondsworth Professor of American History and Fellow, Harmondsworth Professor of American History and Fellow, The Queen's College, Oxford)

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

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GOR002698266
9780195069051
0195069056
Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer (Harmondsworth Professor of American History and Fellow, Harmondsworth Professor of American History and Fellow, The Queen's College, Oxford)
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Oxford University Press Inc
1992-02-06
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