Four Ways to Freedom: Cultural Traditions of Liberty in America


This colloquium examined American core values and ideas about liberty in light of its past, especially the cultural traditions or “folkways” of those who came from different parts of England. Do these regional differences in British culture account for the different views of liberty that have guided Americans ever since, and for the conflicts that often arise among them?


Conference Readings

Fischer, David Hackett. Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.