Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America - Chapter 17 - The Back Country - Part 3 Summary & Analysis

David Hackett Fischer
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Chapter 17 - The Back Country - Part 3 Summary and Analysis

This chapter will concentrate on those aspects of the folkway that were addressed concisely earlier, in the chapter on the Virginian folkway.

Time ways: while the people of Massachusetts sought to improve the quality of their experience in time, Virginian wealthy people would 'kill time' by finding means to assuage boredom. Out in the Back Country, people liked to 'pass the time'. Here the people worked with the natural rhythms. They abided by the idea that there is a 'season' in life for all things. This idea was included when marriages were arranged. They were normally conducted in the Autumn, unlike the Virginians who tended to wed in early Summer.

Wealth ways: Improved wealth was the primary motivation of those who came to the Back Country from Europe. In...

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