Born fighting : how the Scots-Irish shaped America by Webb, James

By Webb, James

Strains the background and effect of the Scots-Irish in the US, following their odyssey from their local Scotland, via their payment in Northern eire, to their migration to the United States within the eighteenth century.

summary: lines the historical past and impact of the Scots-Irish in the USA, following their odyssey from their local Scotland, via their cost in Northern eire, to their migration to the United States within the eighteenth century

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Soon I pass a sign that remembers Big Moccasin Gap. This was Indian hunting ground for thousands of years. Arrowheads are almost as common as acorns if you scrape the thin soil around Gate City. It was also Daniel Boone’s home. His son Jim was killed by an Indian war party in Castlewood, barely twenty miles away. And from this point in 1775, Daniel Boone blazed the first trails through the mountains into Kentucky. Big Moccasin Gap. Johnny Cash wrote the song about it many years ago, probably to honor his wife, June Carter Cash, whose famed musical family was from Hiltons, six miles up the road.

Or did we change America? And who were we—was there really a consistency that could be defined? The answer, I decided, was some, some, and definitely yes. And I knew that the best way to examine that consistency was to go back to where it was formed. Some might think it absurd to reach back two thousand years in order to fully comprehend the temperament of a cultural piece of today’s America. And yet, many people are comfortable looking into the biblical Scriptures for evidence of how they should conduct their lives, and others argue firmly that the basis for Western ideals in government, philosophy, and even drama can be found in ancient Greece.

Unlike in England, the settlements of ancient Scotland grew haphazardly and emphasized a rugged form of survival that had links neither to commerce nor to the developing world. Again we find a cultural evolution and a fundamental lifestyle very much like those that would emerge later in the Appalachian Mountains. Professor T. C. Smout, who once held a personal chair at the University of Edinburgh, described these early patterns in his seminal A History of the Scottish People, 1560–1830. Virtually everyone lived by some form of agriculture.

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