Monday, December 13, 2004

English in the Americas

Urban planner David Sucher has some thoughts on David Hackett Fischer's Albion's Seed, a book that "traces four British migrations to the US and their enduring influence on American character: the Puritans to New England (later influencing areas well to the west), the Quakers to the Delaware Valley, the Cavaliers to Virginia, and the English-Scottish border inhabitants to the Appalachian backcountry." [Although Fischer is a professor at Brandeis, I have never met him because of a peculiarity in the structure of the university: all the Americanists have their own department, while the rest of us (mostly Europeanists) are in a separate department for comparative history.]

3 Comments:

Blogger David Sucher said...

Actually the thoughts are from Phil Langdon.

2:09 PM  
Blogger chlgeorge said...

I can imagine how the Puritans influenced American culture, but the cavaliers? That's interesting.

3:39 PM  
Blogger eb said...

For those of you with access to JSTOR, you can get a quick (15 paragraph) intro to the main ideas of the book here. It's Fischer's response to a forum on his book published in the April 1991 William and Mary Quarterly.

4:18 PM  

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