Albion's Seed

  • by David Hackett Fischer
  • Narrated by Julian Elfer
  • 29 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This fascinating audiobook is the first volume in a projected cultural history of the United States, from the earliest English settlements to our own time. It is a history of American folkways as they have changed through time, and it argues a thesis about the importance for the United States of having been British in its cultural origins.
While most people in the United States today have no British ancestors, they have assimilated regional cultures which were created by British colonists, even while preserving ethnic identities at the same time. In this sense, nearly all Americans are "Albion's Seed," no matter what their ethnicity may be. The concluding section of this remarkable audiobook explores the ways that regional cultures have continued to dominate national politics from 1789 to 1988, and still help to shape attitudes toward education, government, gender, and violence, on which differences between American regions are greater than between European nations.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

This is great, much more than title suggests

Would you consider the audio edition of Albion's Seed to be better than the print version?

The narrator was great and when it came to comparing accents and usage of words listening was better than reading.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Albion's Seed?

So much history that I never understood. The first British settlers shaped the USA as it is now in everything from cooking to the Presidents. This book brings history alive.

Which scene was your favorite?

Not so much a scene, but I did enjoy reading of the marriage customs in the different parts of hte country.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. It isn't that kind of book. I had a lot of moments of "that's where that came from."

Any additional comments?

This book makes the early years of American History so easy to understand. The time before Independence is explained and the reasons for later history up to the modern day make sense when these basic differences of early settlement regions are understood.

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- leonie

Good New History

This is a new way of looking at history and makes much more sense than Wars, Generals and Regimes - it looks at a whole society and how it functions. It's probably not for everyone because it is scholarly, using the primary source material of comparative folklore, but the overall themes should be shared with everyone, perhaps even in secondary school texts, because it makes the mixture of people in the US much easier to understand. There were four areas in England from which the early settlers care, and we evolved from those cultures, even us latecomers. We adopted the ethics and habits of either the Puritians (northeast), Quakers (mid-Atlantic), aristocracy (south) or northern (Scottish/Irish) borderers (rural mid-south). If this type of history becomes common, we can see how all cultures contributed to America.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios