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Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: A Cultural History, Vol. I)
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 -- or you will miss the grand scope of this story. The Puritans of New England, the Cavaliers of Virginia, the mid-Atlantic Quakers, and the back country Scots-Irish all reflect patterns that were common to a specific time and place back in England. The story of how these patterns were brought over to America and were tempered and transformed by conditions in the new world is absolutely fascinating. As a genealogist, I think it is essential reading, because it explains so much about why ancestors from one region leave completely different records than those from a different region.
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