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 yankee folkways as they've got replaced via time, and it argues a thesis in regards to the significance for the U.S. of getting been British in its cultural origins.
whereas most folk within the usa this day don't have any British ancestors, they've got assimilated neighborhood cultures which have been created through British colonists, even whereas retaining ethnic identities even as. during this experience, approximately all american citizens are "Albion's Seed," it doesn't matter what their ethnicity could be. The concluding element of this striking ebook explores the ways in which local cultures have persisted to dominate nationwide politics from 1789 to 1988, and nonetheless aid to form attitudes towards schooling, govt, gender, and violence, on which modifications among American areas are more than among eu international locations.
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Quite a character, Vonte worked Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. He is seen here plying his trade on a 1955 Mercury at a Vallejo, California, car show. ) One of the longest-lasting clubs in the region has been the Santa Barbara Igniters. In this group shot taken in front of Santa Barbara High School are, from left to right, Dave Boccalli, Sam Foose, Tony Cavalli (driver’s seat), Phil Salter, Barry Atsatt (in jacket), Dick Jeffers, Karl Hove, and Ben Rockwell. ) 47 Here are three of the Igniters of Santa Barbara making an appearance at Santa Maria Drag Strip with the club’s 1937 Ford sedan.
This is Monte Hendricks’s Tombstone Special. Built by Rip Erickson as a front-engine rod at his garage on Milpas Street across from the Hendricks family funeral-supply business, this rear-engined version was powered by a 1947 Chevrolet straight-six equipped with a Wayne head and manifold and three Stromberg carburetors. It was later sold to Keith Loomis. ) 61 Another Santa Barbara local, Toby Schwalenberg, is seen here hauling his Chevy-powered Model T roadster pickup around the warehouse track at Goleta.
Here is another of his drag racers, this one from around 1960. Fred has switched to a blown 392-cubic-inch Chrysler Hemi for power. Note also that the blower is chain driven rather than belt driven. The frame and body are again homemade, and it looks like he has used the same dropped axle as on his earlier car. Below, Fred is seen just as he lifts his front wheels off the starting line at San Luis Obispo. That is a Volvo 544 in the upper-left background. ) 42 Here, a group from the Dusters clowns for the camera while working on Eric Salter’s 1927 Model T roadster at the Richfield service station that used to be at the corner of State and Mission Streets.