The Scotch-Irish: A Social History

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Dispelling much of what he terms the "mythology" of the Scotch-Irish, James Leyburn provides an absorbing account of their heritage. He traces their life in Scotland, when the essentials of their character and culture were shaped; their removal to Northern Ireland; and their successive migrations to America, where many settled in the backcountry of Pennsylvania, Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia, before joining the flow of pioneers westward in the wake of the Revolutionary ...
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Overview

Dispelling much of what he terms the "mythology" of the Scotch-Irish, James Leyburn provides an absorbing account of their heritage. He traces their life in Scotland, when the essentials of their character and culture were shaped; their removal to Northern Ireland; and their successive migrations to America, where many settled in the backcountry of Pennsylvania, Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia, before joining the flow of pioneers westward in the wake of the Revolutionary War.
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A most readable contribution to the growing body of sophisticated literature on immigration in the colonial period.

Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

Work . . . of such merit that it should supersede most of its predecessors.

Mississippi Valley Historical Review

Shrewd and novel speculations on frontier society and national character. . . . The best survey yet of the Scotch-Irish.

American Historical Review

This admirable book takes a fresh and frank look at the Scotch-Irish.

Journal of Presbyterian History

Clearly written and well organized. . . . Leyburn has provided the general reader with an extremely useful account.

North Carolina Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807842591
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 8/30/1989
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 397
  • Sales rank: 286,919
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

The late James G. Leyburn was professor of sociology at Washington and Lee University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword v
Introduction xi
Part I The Scot in 1600
1. Poverty and Insecurity 3
2. Domestic Life of the Lowland Scot 14
3. Scottish Social Institutions in 1600 36
4. Religion in Scotland 47
A. Before the Reformation 47
B. The Reform and After 56
5. The Mind and Character of the Lowlander 62
Part II The Scots in Ireland
6. The Plantation of Ulster, 1610 and After 83
7. Causes of the Scottish Migration 99
A. Economic 99
B. Religious 101
8. The Pioneer Scots in Ulster, 1606-1634 108
9. The Hard Years, 1634-1690 120
10. Intermarriage with the Irish 133
11. The Character of the Ulster Scot 140
Part III The Scotch-Irish in America
12. The Migration 157
13. Scotch-Irish Settlements 184
A. Southeastern Pennsylvania 186
B. The Valley of Virginia 200
C. The Upper Carolinas 210
D. Indian Menace to Settlement 223
E. Smaller Settlements of Scotch-Irish 225
(1) New England 236
(2) The Middle Colonies 242
(3) The Tidewater South 250
14. Frontier Society 256
15. The Presbyterian Church 273
16. The Scotch-Irish in Politics 296
17. Final Estimate 317
Appendix I The Name "Scotch-Irish" 327
Appendix II Important Events in Scottish History 335
Notes 338
Bibliography 354
Index 373
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This book, as is its stated intent, fulfills and elaborates on a gap in the published history of the Scotch and their migration to Ireland in the 1600's.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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