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Scots in Michigan

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Scots began settling in North America in the earliest colonial days. They were heavily involved in the Great Lakes region’s major industries, as these evolved from fur trade to farming and lumbering to industry. From early settlement to the industrial revolution, Scots brought to the state a pioneer spirit and an extraordinary level of education. Though rendered almost invisible both by clustering under the umbrella of the British Commonwealth and by the fact that few Scottish traditions are considered whatsoever...

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Overview

Scots began settling in North America in the earliest colonial days. They were heavily involved in the Great Lakes region’s major industries, as these evolved from fur trade to farming and lumbering to industry. From early settlement to the industrial revolution, Scots brought to the state a pioneer spirit and an extraordinary level of education. Though rendered almost invisible both by clustering under the umbrella of the British Commonwealth and by the fact that few Scottish traditions are considered whatsoever foreign, ethnic, or exotic, Scottish influences run deep in Michigan history and culture. From ice hockey to industry, much of what represents Michigan has roots that were embedded in Scotland. Although Alan T. Forrester notes that symbolic Scottish ethnicity—Highland Games, Scottish Festivals, and Burns Night Suppers—is practically the only obvious relic of Scottish heritage in Michigan, he illuminates how much more of this legacy is a part of this state.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870136894
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2003
  • Series: Discovering the Peoples of Michigan Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 87
  • Sales rank: 1,392,515
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan T. Forrester was born in Saskatchewan of Scottish and English grandparents. He has earned two degrees from the University of Washington and served in the U.S. Army Medical Service.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Homeland 3
Michigan's First Scots 9
Michigan's Rural Scots 17
Michigan's Urban Scots 21
Seeking the Scots 25
What Is a Scottish Immigrant? 31
Scotch, Irish, or Scotch Irish? 35
The Invisible Immigrants 37
Where Are Michigan's Invisible Immigrants? 41
The Michigan-Canadian Connection 45
The Scottish Cultural Influence in Michigan 49
Here's Tae Us 55
Scots and "The Kirk" 59
Who Are Thy People? 63
Sidebars
Tracing Scottish Ancestry 26
Some Scottish Proverbs 50
The Covenanters' Grace 66
Appendices
Appendix 1. Scottish Food 65
Appendix 2. A Scottish Immigrant to Michigan Reminisces 71
Notes 75
For Further Reference 79
Index 83
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