Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: a by David Hackett Fischer

By David Hackett Fischer

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

While most folk within the usa this day haven't any British ancestors, they've got assimilated local cultures that have been created through British colonists, even whereas maintaining ethnic identities whilst. during this experience, approximately all american citizens are "Albion's Seed," it doesn't matter what their ethnicity will be. The concluding portion of this striking booklet explores the ways in which nearby cultures have endured to dominate nationwide politics from 1789 to 1988, and nonetheless aid to form attitudes towards schooling, executive, gender, and violence, on which changes among American areas are more than among ecu international locations.

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A strong nationalist and rabid abolitionist, Hammond possessed a razor-sharp legal mind. The combined influences of Alden Partridge and Charles Hammond must have had a profound impact upon the young Louisianian. ” Whatever his nationalist proclivities were at this stage, Wells partook of the powers or the pleasures of the southern planting life. Following his marriage to Mary Ann Scott, an Anglo-French belle of Rapides, on May 11, 1832, the young couple lived at Gravel Hill, Wells’s plantation near Colfax.

They were not new to politics. They were not raw or unsettled men, men without form or foundation. The white southern Republicans in Louisiana were essentially no different from those men who have always controlled American government on the national, state, and local level. In fact, “government leaders are seldom recruited from the masses. This is true in the case of top cabinet officials and presidential advisors; of congressmen, governors, and state legislators; even of mayors and city councilmen.

One year later, Hahn’s mother died of yellow fever. Orphaned and thrown upon his own resources, young Hahn completed his elementary and high school education. At the age of nineteen he began reading law under the direction of Christian Reselius, one of the city’s most prominent attorneys. Hahn also studied law at the University of Louisiana. Following his graduation from law school in April 1851, he entered quickly into the civic and political life of New Orleans. Elected at the age of twenty-two to the city school board, Hahn served for several years as either a school director 26 Backstory or as president of the school system.

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