Linda's Reviews > Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America
Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: A Cultural History, Vol. I)
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 Northeast, Delaware vs Backcountry) have their origins in the customs and culture of specific geographical areas of Britain. The societies in each British location had their own religions, dialects, architecture, ideas about family and gender, child-raising, work, food, education and dress. This author endeavors to show that these same regional differences were transplanted to the US in specific locals where each group settled, and that these same cultural differences persist today, not as uniquely American traits, but as holdovers from much earlier British inhabitants. Lots of facinating information, particularly about the daily life of these early settlers. This is a heavy-duty scholarly book (900 pages) and not a light read, but worth it if you are a history or Early Americana buff.
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March 29, 2009 – Shelved
April 16, 2009 – Finished Reading