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May 5, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Every week day a book excerpt, video, news story or some combination thereof to provoke spirited debate on controversial subjects. Have an idea you'd like to offer up for discussion? Email PJ Lifestyle's editor Dave Swindle: DaveSwindlePJM [@] Gmail.com

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Read "Albion's Seed" about how religious differences in England helped create the four distinct folkways in colonial America: New England (Puritans), PA/Delaware (Quakers), the South (Anglican mostly with some Catholic) and the backcountry (Presbyterian Scot, Scot-Irish and borderers).
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Appreciate the tip!
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You're right syberpunk. Albion's Seed is an excellent book. I got to meet the author, David Hackett Fischer, and he's a nice guy.

In addition to religious differences in "the old country," there were other cultural differences which were reflected amongst the English colonists, for instance between the Scots-Irish and people who came from the English-Scottish border area, the Cavalier types and middle class Englishmen. I love cultural history, and Albion's Seed is a treasure trove for people like me.

It also drives me crazy how a lot of Americans today don't really appreciate our English heritage anymore. A lot of what is good about America is because of what we inherited from the English.
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Count me a skeptic on Albion's Seed. It's complexity and depth mask the fact that many things are only by the fact that they prove his point. Most people will buy it hook, line, and sinker and not be able to utter a word of analysis. So they bow before the master.

It's a great story, but is it a very accurate one? I'm doubtful. http://fauxintel.wordpress.com/2010/09/26/albions-seed/

But it scratches the itch of a romantic desire to believe in a resurgent hereditarianism, because in a world of change and uncertainty people educated in public schools long for explanations that don't depend on man's rational and political nature, which is a rejection of the classic Western idea of man.
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