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Download e-book for kindle: Born fighting : how the Scots-Irish shaped America by Webb, James

By Webb, James

ISBN-10: 0767916883

ISBN-13: 9780767916882

Strains the heritage and impact of the Scots-Irish in the USA, following their odyssey from their local Scotland, via their payment in Northern eire, to their migration to the USA within the eighteenth century.

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

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And (again not unlike Appalachia), a central government that wished to impose its will on the tough, weapons-wielding folks who dwelled back in the hollows would be guaranteed a hostile reception unless it had the full cooperation of local leaders. 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.

Scattered thinly through a long frontier, they constituted the outposts and buffer settlements of civilization. A vigorous breed, hardy, assertive, individualistic, thrifty, trained in the democracy of the Scottish kirk, they were the material out of which later Jacksonian democracy was to be fashioned, the creators of that western type which in politics and industry became ultimately the American type. —VERNON LOUIS PARRINGTON, Main Currents in American Thought 1 Big Moccasin Gap GATE CITY IS more than four hundred miles from Arlington, down the long spine of mountains that marks Virginia’s western border.

And all of them share a large part of my history. My great-great-grandparents are buried back here along with maybe a dozen others in a rough patch of woods on top of a nearby mountain. There are no headstones, only large rocks that mark individual graves. When David G. Webb died, he owned no property and the value of his possessions totaled ten dollars, neither of which was unusual in these hills. Years ago I contacted the Veterans Administration and obtained a Confederate headstone for him and my great-great-grandmother, but there is no road leading to the top of the mountain and it is a laborious trek by foot, so the heavy marker has yet to find its proper resting place.

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