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By Webb, James

Lines the heritage and impact of the Scots-Irish in the United States, following their odyssey from their local Scotland, via their cost in Northern eire, to their migration to the US within the eighteenth century.

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Born fighting : how the Scots-Irish shaped America

Lines the historical past and effect of the Scots-Irish in the US, following their odyssey from their local Scotland, via their cost in Northern eire, to their migration to the US within the eighteenth century. summary: lines the background and effect of the Scots-Irish in the US, following their odyssey from their local Scotland, via their cost in Northern eire, to their migration to the USA within the eighteenth century

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We were pioneers, that was what my father and mother had so strongly urged upon us when we were small. Scots-Irish, with a smattering of Irish and English and even Cherokee thrown in. Out of Ulster, into the mountains, off to other places. Your people carried this country on their backs, and don’t you ever forget it. Did America change us? 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.

The reformers who worked to help end segregation failed to understand the vital historical distinctions among white cultures in the South, forcing a fight with a naturally populist people who might otherwise have worked with them, at least on some points, if they had taken a different approach. The Scots-Irish did not merely come to America, they became America, particularly in the South and the Ohio Valley, where their culture overwhelmed the English and German ethnic groups and defined the mores of those regions.

It was the same poem that my father’s mother had asked to be read at her own funeral, many years before. He had made me memorize it when I was eight years old, but there would be few other times in my life that he would have to force me into poetry. Poetry was one of our little games, a shared passion, along with hunting and fishing and long, intense discussions about how to lead, and how to fight, and who had led the best and who had fought the hardest. Sunset and evening bell, and after that the dark And may there be no sadness of farewell when I embark But at the grave site, as the biting wind blew my tears into salt streaks along my face, my eyes were on my brother.

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