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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.
©1989 David Hackett Fischer (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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By Kindle Customer on 07-26-14

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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By Teadrinker on 11-30-14

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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By Dolores on 07-27-14

One of the best

I loved this book in written form, and audio backs it up. A groundbreaking theory of how British culture is planted in current USA based on immigration roots over 400 years ago. Very very good if you like cultural studies, history, geography. Applicable to British and American readers. It is serious scholarship and detail oriented (food ways, language, clothing, politics, etc) but well worth it and a good listen.

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By Anonimo Nonlodico on 03-08-16

A timeless classic!

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

Definitely, both because of its sheer length and its analysis of local dialects.

What did you like best about this story?

How thorough, deep, erudite and enlightening it is.

Any additional comments?

A must read for anyone interested in American history, culture and civilisation.

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