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By David Hackett Fischer

This attention-grabbing booklet is the 1st quantity in a projected cultural heritage of the us, from the earliest English settlements to our personal time. it's a historical past of yank folkways as they've got replaced via time, and it argues a thesis concerning the significance for the us of getting been British in its cultural origins.

While most folk within the usa this present day don't have any British ancestors, they've got assimilated local cultures which have been created through British colonists, even whereas retaining ethnic identities even as. during this feel, approximately all americans are "Albion's Seed," it doesn't matter what their ethnicity should be. The concluding component of this awesome booklet explores the ways in which neighborhood cultures have persisted to dominate nationwide politics from 1789 to 1988, and nonetheless support to form attitudes towards schooling, govt, gender, and violence, on which adjustments among American areas are more than among eu international locations.

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