"Albion's Seed" outlines the four British 'folk' groups who immigrated to America as founding populations: Puritans, Quakers, Cavaliers and Border folk, who arrived in turn and settled the east coast from the late 1500's to the early 1700's. This story illustrates how 'colonial' the pattern was, and in fact was identical to the patterns of colonizing Africa, (as you can see from the book 'Africa as a Living Laboratory', 2011 U Chicago Press, by Dr. Helen Tilley.) First came the 'friendly whites' aka the Puritans and Quakers, then the ruling class of Cavaliers, and then the 'army' in the form of extremely poor whites who had been herded into militaristic communities for centuries before being sent to America. In the case of these Border folks, they first piled up on the borders of Scotland, where they fought and languished for 300 years, until in 1607 they were forcibly sent to Ulster, Ireland. From there in the early 1700's they were sent on to America. They were then 'driven' south, where, although splinter groups settled the entire east coast, the majority finally settled in Georgia and north Florida.

Meanwhile the Cavaliers, or ruling class, represented in the majority by 'second sons' from Britain who could not inherit, proceeded to plan and set up a system of government and banking that was designed from the beginning to serve mainly themselves. Also, since the Puritans and Quakers, who settled the north, were generally peaceful, educated and religious, they were forever at odds with the Border folk whose roots were in a militaristic and enslaved background. This tension ensured that each group would have their own definition of concepts such as 'freedom' and that this would be reflected in both pubic and personal life values that could not be reconciled.