Saturday, December 14, 2013

Albion's Seed, an Historical Analysis of the Ways of Quakers, Cavaliers, and Puritans in the New World

Interested how early Friends (such as William Penn) lived out their spiritual, social, and cultural lives in the American colonies?

How the Quakers' lived-out faith differed drastically from other British immigrants--the Cavaliers and Puritans?

Then read Hackett's profound study, a very detailed analysis of daily life based in 4 contrary worldviews which immigrated to the colonies and brought drastic changes that we affect us today.

Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America by David Hackett Fischer
Published by Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford

David Hackett Fischer is currently University Professor and Earl Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University. He received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1958 and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1962.

Here is a book of the kind that comes once or twice in a generation, one that is a decisive, seminal work of historical scholarship! Besides breaking new ground in interpretation, Fischer has a prose style and “voice” that is intriguing, inviting, fascinating, and positive even when dealing with the negatives of history.

Never boring, (though a few of the sociological charts made my study eyes glaze over--glad I didn't have to assemble all those minute historical details on which Hackett based his historical conclusions:-)

Did I say this book is amazing?

There are so many new views and facts of American and British history, contrary interpretations of the Christian religion, and how all of those factors play out and shape culture and society, and how these influences carry over for generations, indeed for centuries up to and including our present day.

Read and gain new insight.

In the Light,

Daniel Wilcox

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