By David Hackett Fischer
This interesting booklet is the 1st quantity in a projected cultural background of the U.S., 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 present day don't have any British ancestors, they've got assimilated neighborhood cultures which have been created through British colonists, even whereas protecting ethnic identities while. during this feel, approximately all americans are "Albion's Seed," it doesn't matter what their ethnicity might be. The concluding part of this awesome booklet explores the ways in which nearby cultures have persevered to dominate nationwide politics from 1789 to 1988, and nonetheless support to form attitudes towards schooling, executive, gender, and violence, on which modifications among American areas are more than among eu countries.
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A series of rugged zigzags enabled me to make my way down into the weird under-world of the crevasse. Its chambered hollows were hung with a multitude of clustered icicles, amid which pale, subdued light pulsed and shimmered with indescribable loveliness. Coming again to the surface, I noticed boulders of every size on their journeys to the terminal moraine—journeys of more than a hundred years, without a single stop, night or day, winter or summer. The sun gave birth to a network of sweet-voiced rills that ran gracefully down the glacier, curling and swirling in their shining channels, and cutting clear sections through the porous surface-ice into the solid blue, where the structure of the glacier was beautifully illustrated.
They decided to remain several days, at the least, while I concluded to make an excursion in the mean time to the untouched summit of Ritter. And as the weather was still profoundly calm, and the distance to the foot of the mountain only a little more than a day, I felt that I was running no great risk of being storm-bound. I had explored the adjacent wilderness summer after summer, but my studies thus far had never drawn me to the top of it. But difficulties of this kind only exhilarate the mountaineer.
In these regions the extension of the sea effected by its own action in post-glacial time is scarcely appreciable as compared with that effected by ice-action. Mount Rainier from Paradise Valley—Nisqually Glacier Traces of the vanished glaciers made during the period of greater extension abound on the Sierra as far south as latitude 36°. Even the polished rock surfaces, the most evanescent of glacial records, are still found in a wonderfully perfect state of preservation on the upper half of the middle portion of the range, and form the most striking of all the glacial phenomena.