Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: A Cultural History, Vol. I)

Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: A Cultural History, Vol. I)

This book is the first volume in a 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. From 1629 to 1775, North America was settled by four great wa This book is the first volume in a cultural history of the United States, from the earliest English settlements to ou...

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Title:Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: A Cultural History, Vol. I)
Author:David Hackett Fischer
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Genres:History
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:972 pages pages

Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: A Cultural History, Vol. I) Reviews

  • Jessica
    Sep 16, 2011
    okay, so my dad recommended this book to me, and even though there's NO WAY i'll be able to finish it before it needs to go back to the library (it is one fat tome), i thought i'd put a review up anyway, because i'm enjoying it so much. this book is FASCINATING. it's a bit more scholar...
  • Liz
    Feb 16, 2012
    This is the book that finally made me start becoming much more discerning in whose recommendations I followed for what book to read. I can't count the number of others who are interested in history, family history, etc. and told me that this was one of the best books about the colonial...
  • Cindy
    Jun 11, 2009
    This is a mammoth book. It's over 900 pages long, with footnotes on every single page, full of charts, diagrams, illustrations, pedigree charts, and more. It's the size of a phone book. And I loved it. As a work of research, it's incredibly impressive. The amount of time it must ...
  • Eva
    Aug 16, 2012
    The fact that I gave this book a rating of 5 stars even though it took me several months to get through it says as much about how much of a nerd for obscure facts I am as it does about the book itself. It is a detailed discussion of the various cultural beliefs/habits of the four main ...
  • Richard's Bibby
    Nov 11, 2007
    I am currently working my way though this 898 page history of the demographic importance of British settlers to creating the American identity. This is an academic level analysis of four differently types of immigrant groups to America with regard to "folk ways" -- the author's catch-a...
  • Mike
    Sep 17, 2012
    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 ...
  • Lori
    Jul 18, 2018
    This ambitious volume identifies four regional cultures which migrated from the British Isles to America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Fischer examines each culture in depth, particularly noting thing which set each culture apart from others. It's a classic work covering...
  • Michael
    Jan 09, 2009
    More a reference book than a book you read straight through, this book advances the fascinating thesis that four groups of immigrants from England essentially set much of what we now regard as American culture. The links between these four waves of immigrants from particular parts of E...
  • Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
    Apr 27, 2008
    The four "folkways" looked at are Puritan New England, Quaker Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the Scots-Irish (who went everywhere). To my mind the best section is that on the Puritans, but the entire book is interesting. Highly recommended. ...
  • Elaine
    Dec 16, 2008
    This massive tome shows how the four groups of British who first settled America established regional differences based upon the parts of England that they came from, and also based upon their reasons for emigrating in the first place. Fischer explains their religious beliefs, the kind...
  • Lynn
    Apr 28, 2013
    It's an odd feeling to read a history of the main regional groupings of colonial America and see the place you grew up left out, particularly odd when that place is one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the US. "Where's New York? How does New York fit into this scheme?" I kept askin...
  • Michael
    Mar 19, 2017
    While the 13 original American colonies were settled by British settlers they came at different times and from different places. The author in this book traces the cultural differences among these groups (Puritans, Quakers, Cavaliers, and Scotch-Irish from Northern England's borderland...
  • Tom
    Mar 10, 2013
    This book is a rich source of historical insight into the four British folkways that are represented by the 4 eastern seaboard regions colonized by Britain in the 17th century. It is not a standard history of political figures and battles, but, rather uses the methods of the Annales hi...
  • kathleen
    Jun 13, 2015
    A fascinating investigation of the four English folkways that shaped America in the colonial era. I've read several reviews of this book that say it is meant as a reference, and not to be read straight through, but I strongly disagree. You have to read the whole book -- long as it is -...
  • Thom Dunn
    Jan 11, 2010
    Massive start to a general cultural history of the US. Key word is folkWAYS, with a division into two dozen KINDS of WAYS brought to American by different waves of British migration. Of interest to all American historians, family historians with Anglo lineage, etc. ...
  • Linda
    Mar 29, 2009
    This book was briefly referenced in the fascinating book "Outliers". This author examines the four great waves of British immigration to America from 1629 to 1775, and convincingly proposes that the regional cultural differences that we are now familiar with in the US (Southern vs Nort...
  • Anne Hawn Smith
    Dec 08, 2013
    This is a wonderful book, especially for genealogist. The author takes the first four waves of immigration to America: The Virginians, the Puritans, the Quakers and the Scots-Irish. For each group, he gives information on what part of England they came from, their motivation their char...
  • Charity
    Feb 18, 2011
    I would have given it 5 stars but based on personal history (coming from a family of Quakers who landed in the Delaware Valley/Phila) and my wide and deep reading of the Puritan fathers, I have some lingering questions on some facts. Otherwise, I enjoyed it and found it enjoyable and e...
  • Carl Williams
    Aug 20, 2011
    Albion?s Seed is a wonderful social history of the first waves of colonization from England to North America: The Puritans to New England, the Cavilers to the South, misnamed ?Scots Irish? to the Appalachian region, and the Quakers to the Delaware Valley. Well written, and easily...
  • Bob Woods
    Jan 29, 2011
    I followed up reading "Born Fightin': The History of the Scots-Irish" by reading this book. I'm glad to have read both together, as this book validates the historical references in Born Fightin'. I enjoyed reading this book, but it's not for the light reader - it's a historical and ...
  • Michelle
    Nov 16, 2018
    This is one of those books that will completely change the way you think of the world. The thesis: The distinct identities of America's main regions did not spring up because of the different climates or industries of each region but were brought from Britain by their settlers. In othe...
  • Hank Fay
    Jul 07, 2012
    My father's family was entirely Yankee, and members of the Congregational Church (descendants of the Puritans, before it became liberal). Reading about the Puritan Migration, I was constantly surprised by what I had not known about my own culture, and found no dissonance with what I di...
  • Jane
    Jul 16, 2013
    This book is a fat, fat tome indeed! It's made to be consulted--not really read through--a real reference work! I concentrated on only two of the British groups out of the four covered--extensively: The Quakers ["North Midlands to the Delaware"] and the Scotch-Irish ["Borderlands t...
  • Charles
    Nov 29, 2016
    ?Albion?s Seed? is a classic work of ethnography. It is refreshing to read because a book like it could not be written today (it was published in 1989). It?s not that the book has any political angle. Rather, it?s that it totally fails to acknowledge today?s left-liberal pr...
  • Lady Em
    Jul 20, 2017
    If you have even a drop of blood in you from the British Isles, you need to read this one. Absolutely fascinating, and not dry, either. ...
  • Spike Gomes
    May 03, 2019
    They simply don't write books like this anymore. The amount of research is daunting, taking years if not decades to compile, moreover it seems like ideological interpretations have come to dominate modern historical scholarship. Why? When you have a hammer, then everything looks like a...
  • Robert Snow
    Jan 04, 2013
    One of the most interesting books I have ever read on the culture of America, Prof Hackett's thesis of the four folkways and how they shaped American life is brilliant. Many years ago I heard him on NPR talking about the four folkways that of the Puritan's in New England, Quaker's in P...
  • Dorotea
    Mar 13, 2019
    Fischer studies the evolution of institutions in the US and documents how cultural beliefs brought by the four migration waves of the original settlers generated stark differences in laws. Specifically: Puritans (to Massachusetts from East Anglia) migrated for religious reasons and v...
  • Glen
    Jul 20, 2017
    Great book about how diverse England actually was during the colonial period, despite being a relatively small island. ...
  • Whiskey
    Aug 04, 2019
    Fischer writes on the social This is the first volume in a series of writings on the cultural history of the United States of America. The first concepts introduced are history and culture. The influence of the two is mutual: history creates but also influences culture. The English par...