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Albion’s Seed

This Be The Verse

Twenty years ago, David Hackett Fischer published Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America, which attempts to explain U.S. political culture down to the present through the initial patterns of British immigration to North America. Historiographically, Fischer’s project flowed from the twin streams of Annales School histoire totale, which was if anything losing influence at the time of the book’s publication, and cultural history, which was very much on the rise. From the Annalistes, Fischer borrowed many of his interests (e.g. the longue durée; regionalism) and the scope of his project (this very hefty book announced itself as the first Read more