Note: This post is modelled directly on posts I did on the Aboriginals of Australia and the Kyrgyz of Afghanistan, which in turn come from National Geographic articles. All photographs are by William Albert Allard, an Anglo-American photographer for National Geographic.
Anglo Americans are the white people of North America whose home language is English. They have lived in the Americas for 400 years and currently account for 23% of its people.
Population: 224 million (2014) – about 64% of the US, 59% of Canada and 40% of North America as a whole. The African diaspora, for comparison, comes to about 188 million.
Religion: mostly Protestant Christianity. Despite the efforts of scientists, most still follow (or at least give lip service to) the old religion of Jesus and the Bible, complete with Heaven, Hell, the Devil and television preachers. Man was created by God, yet evolution is “probably true”.
History: They lived for a couple of thousand generations in small, nomadic bands, as befits a hunter-gatherer existence, moving in their own rhythms about the vast expanse of West Eurasia. They first appeared in Roman records in AD 98 as the Anglii in what is now the part of northern Germany near Denmark. They arrived in Britain in the 400s, in North America in the 1600s. The next 300 years were a horror show of massacres, disease, land theft, racialized slavery of Africans and forced but failed integration of Native Americans.
Land: Most of the temperate zone of North America, nearly all of it taken from Native Americans. The east and middle west has vast amounts of farmland, about as much as China. Much of the far west is dry or mountainous.
Housing: Most live in towns and cities. They live in cookie-cutter houses along paved roads. They have cable television, video games, Internet, mobile phones, running water, flush toilets and cars. Houses are made of wood and brick, divided into rooms. They are not colourful inside. Electricity is not solar-powered. They cook indoors. On average they move house about once every five years.
Transport: Cars, trucks, planes.
Work: They grow soybeans, fruit, maize, make machines (cars, planes, computers, etc), machine parts, chemicals and medicine. Many work in offices, shops or homes. Most work for money and live in debt.
- Women: do most of the cooking, cleaning and child care.
Prices: the average 2012 prices in terms of median Anglo-American household income ($57,000 or 57kg of silver or 1900 crowns) in the US:
- new car = 0.5 years
- house = 2.6 years (+ twice that in interest payments to the bank)
- bride = not bought
Wealth: For most, their main form of wealth is their house and the small piece of land it stands on (generally about 0.1 hectares). In many cases it is only partly paid for and can be lost to the bank if they fall on hard times.
Dress: Since 1900, fewer hats, dresses and layers of clothing, more blue jeans, T-shirts and casual dress.
- Bare breasts: rare in public.
Sport: American football, basketball, baseball, ice hockey.
Health: Obesity, drug abuse and gun violence are serious public health issues. The most commonly abused drugs: tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, cocaine, hallucinogens and methamphetamine.
Food: Like the Native Americans who came before them, their diet is heavily based on maize. They get most of their food from maize in one form or other: Corn Flakes, beef, cooking oil, high fructose corn syrup, etc.
- Fear-factor food: hot dogs.
– Abagond, 2014, 2015.
- National Geographic
- Guide to Germanics
- The Anglo world – modelled on my post for the Arab world. It does not limit “Anglo” to just white people but to anyone whose main language is English.
- Jennifer Smith – the average person in the US in 2007
- Anglo-Protestant culture