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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on Colonial America, period!
A fantastic analysis and synthesis of why we are irretrievably British. I understand my parents attitudes, speech and culture so much better after reading it. My West VA mother actually speaks like he describes. My clansman descended father speaks, acts--IS just like he describes. It has been indispensible in my family history research. So many of my family`s...
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1.0 out of 5 stars No Genealogist Should be Without THIS Book!
Albion's Seed is the book that should be in every genealogists home library. It has more information on the lifestyles of early immigrants to this country than any book I've read. Mr. Fisher has found the best way in which to tell us how our ancestors lived, from the Puritans of Massachussetts, to the Mountains of North Carolina. His presentation is second to none, in...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on Colonial America, period!, 1 Sep 1999
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A fantastic analysis and synthesis of why we are irretrievably British. I understand my parents attitudes, speech and culture so much better after reading it. My West VA mother actually speaks like he describes. My clansman descended father speaks, acts--IS just like he describes. It has been indispensible in my family history research. So many of my family`s traits and customs are explained as cultural and not just family quirks. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I will eagerly await further works by Fisher
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best works of U.S. history in years, 9 Dec 1998
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At a time when so-called "professional" historians are doing mental gymnastics to find "multicultural" and other politically correct interpretations of U.S. history (the Iroquois Confederacy as model for the Federalist Papers, etc. etc.), David Hackett Fischer brings us back to reality by showing just how pervasive has been the influence of the earliest British colonists---far more pervasive, in fact, than most of us had imagined, covering everything from political and legal institutions on the one hand to modes of play and styles of domestic architecture on the other. A simply magisterial work of historical synthesis that every American citizen---of whatever race or ethnicity---should read and ponder.
The first in a projected series on the cultural history of America, this whets one's appetites for the others.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Becoming American, 29 Aug 2008
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In this endlessly fascinating and achingly beautiful book, David Hacket Fisher follows the fortunes of four groups of early migrants on their physical, cultural and spiritual journeys from the British Isles to what became the United States.

For the Puritans and Quakers who settled in Massachusetts and Delaware, respectively, the aim was nothing less than a rejection of 17th century England to build new kinds of society based on radically different values. In contrast, the cavaliers who headed to Virginia consciously set out to recreate the aristocratic land-owning society that was beginning to be undermined in their native Southern England.

The North British (landless Scots, Northern Irish and Cumbrian rednecks from the borders of the Irish Sea), having no real plan, headed as far from the law as possible and carried on feuding.

Fisher brings these various groups and their very different worlds vividly to life by examining different facets of what he calls "folkways" - everything from how they raised their children to the enormous variations in the roles and status of women. More importantly, he argues that these four cultures were crucial to the creation and development of the United States as well as many of the social structures and attitudes that we think of as distinctively American.

Despite its size (800+pages) and scope, this is an eminently readable book. Fischer wears his scholarship lightly and brings his tale to life with well chosen anecdotes. The publishers should be congratulated on the paperback edition - it's printed on good quality paper in clear good-sized type and contains fine black and white illustrations that complement the text.

Above all, this book "rings true". It clearly resonates with American readers. The rest of us will find both a fascinating work of history and a key to understanding the cultural landscape of the modern United States.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent colonial history of earliest English settlers, 3 Nov 1998
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Anyone seriously interested in the earliest English settlers to America should read this book. By comparing the four groups (Virginians, Puritans, Quakers, Back Country) on a wide range of social characteristics, such as child rearing, educational values, work ethic, status of women, and so forth, Mr. Fischer begins to explain regional differences that still persist. Most importantly, he explains how these differing cultures helped nurture our democratic system. A BRAVO for this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indepth discussion of early British colonies in America!, 9 Sep 1998
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David Hackett Fischer takes a new approach to the study of the four main English groups settling colonial America: Puritans from East Anglia to Massachusetts, Royalist Elite from south England to Virginia, Friends from the North Midlands to the Delaware Valley and North Brits to the "American backcountry." He presents his view as a link between past and present thinking.
This approach is especially appreciated by family historians, desiring a a better view into the hearts and minds of their forefathers. Some of the topics include: religious origins, the colonial mood, speech, building, gender, sex, children, death, magic ways, food, sports, time, work, wealth,rank, power.
This book has maps, illustrations, and SO MUCH information, you'll want to own this for easy reference!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars will change the way you see America, 4 Aug 1999
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A mind-altering book. Albion's seed will make you understand our nation in new ways. Read it and make sense of the gun control, urban violence, and public education. The Quaker section is not as strong as the other tow. But the take on Yankees and Scots-Irish will change the way you undeerstand the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating account of cultural inheritance, 7 July 1998
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I read this while working on my MA in History. Fischer provides a thorough and fascinating account of how four distinctive British folkways reproduced themselves in America, as expressed in place names, building styles, cooking, social structure, and even such obscure matters as when children were born. It certainly opened my eyes to how effectively culture perpetuates itself, even 3000 miles away from its roots. I strongly recommend it. I would especially recommend it for its examination of Puritan culture, which has been unfairly depicted by novelists like Nathaniel Hawthorne.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful information on colonial culture, 30 May 1998
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As an anthropologist specializing in colonial behaviors, I found this book to be not only chock full of information, but a delight to read. Although I found many of the illustrations to be ..well..peculiar and strange, the text more than made up for it. If you are interested in early colonial history or anthropology, by all means, buy this book. It is a genuine pleasure to read a book about colonial history that ISN'T boring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compares favorably to the Durants, 22 April 1998
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Fischer has begun for the history of the United States what the Durants did for the history of the world. I have read and reread this book since the first edition. The differences in cultures of the various immigrant groups described are as evident today as they were in the eighteenth century. The only weakness is that Volume 2 has been too long in coming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Albion's Seed, 2 Oct 2010
This is a deeply researched book that all serious scholars of early colonial american history should read. The keys to much of contemporary America lie within it's pages.
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