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 readable Fischer explores a plethora of cultural areas including: family structure, courting and sex, speech patterns, gender, religion, dress, food, beliefs in the supernatural, approach to work, social hierarchy, recreation.
Good stuff and well documented. I learned a great deal--for example the close relationship with some traditional Quaker behavior and the culture of the English Midlands region which grew from the egalitarianism of the area's Norse heritage. It may be too specific for some casual readers, but I liked it a great deal both in the reading and for reference.