Ulster to America: The Scots-Irish Migration Experience, 1680-1830

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  In Ulster to America: The Scots-Irish Migration Experience, 1680-1830, editor Warren R. Hofstra has gathered contributions from pioneering scholars who are rewriting the history of the Scots-Irish. In addition to presenting fresh information based on thorough and detailed research, they offer cutting-edge interpretations that help explain the Scots-Irish experience in the United States. In place of implacable Scots-Irish individualism, the writers stress the urge to build communities among Ulster ...

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Overview

  In Ulster to America: The Scots-Irish Migration Experience, 1680-1830, editor Warren R. Hofstra has gathered contributions from pioneering scholars who are rewriting the history of the Scots-Irish. In addition to presenting fresh information based on thorough and detailed research, they offer cutting-edge interpretations that help explain the Scots-Irish experience in the United States. In place of implacable Scots-Irish individualism, the writers stress the urge to build communities among Ulster immigrants. In place of rootlessness and isolation, the authors point to the trans-Atlantic continuity of Scots-Irish settlement and the presence of Germans and Anglo-Americans in so-called Scots-Irish areas. In a variety of ways, the book asserts, the Scots-Irish actually modified or abandoned some of their own cultural traits as a result of interacting with people of other backgrounds and in response to many of the main themes defining American history.
            While the Scots-Irish myth has proved useful over time to various groups with their own agendas—including modern-day conservatives and fundamentalist Christians—this book, by clearing away long-standing but erroneous ideas about the Scots-Irish, represents a major advance in our understanding of these immigrants. It also places Scots-Irish migration within the broader context of the historiographical construct of the Atlantic world.
            Organized in chronological and migratory order, this volume includes contributions on specific U.S. centers for Ulster immigrants: New Castle, Delaware; Donegal Springs, Pennsylvania; Carlisle, Pennsylvania; Opequon, Virginia; the Virginia frontier; the Carolina backcountry; southwestern Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. Ulster to America is essential reading for scholars and students of American history, immigration history, local history, and the colonial era, as well as all those who seek a fuller understanding of the Scots-Irish immigrant story.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572337541
  • Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/2011
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 263
  • Sales rank: 1,020,531
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

 
Warren R. Hofstra is Stewart Bell Professor of History at Shenandoah University. He is the author of The Planting of New Virginia: Settlement and Landscape in the Shenandoah Valley and A Separate Place: The Formation of Clarke County, Virginia. He is coeditor of After the Backcountry: Rural Life in the Great Valley of Virginia, 1800-1900; Virginia Reconsidered: New Histories of the Old Dominion; and The Great Valley Road: Shenandoah Landscapes from Prehistory to the Present.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: From the North of Ireland to North America: The Scots-Irish and the Migration Experience Warren R. Hofstra xi

Searching for a New World: The Background and Baggage of Scots-Irish Immigrants David W. Miller 1

Searching for Land: The Role of New Castle, Delaware, 1720s-1770s Marianne S. Wokect 25

Searching for Order: Donegal Springs, Pennsylvania, 1720s-1730s Richard K. MacMaster 51

Searching for Community: Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1750s-1780s Richard K. MacMaster 77

Searching for Peace and Prosperity: Opequon Settlement, Virginia, 1730s-1760s Warren R. Hofstra 105

Searching for Status: Virginia's Irish Tract, 1770s-1790s Katharine L. Brown Kenneth W. Keller 123

Searching for Security: Backcountry Carolina, 1760s-1780s Michael Montgomery 147

Searching for "Irish" Freedom-Settling for "Scotch-Irish" Respectability: Southwestern Pennsylvania, 1780-1810 Peter Gilmore Kerby A. Miller 165

Searching for Independence: Revolutionary Kentucky, Irish American Experience, and Scotch-Irish Myth, 1770s-1790s Patrick Griffin 211

Afterword: Historic Political Moderation in the Ulster-to-America Diaspora Robert M. Calhoon 233

Contributors 251

Index 255

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