The New England Scotch-Irish: A Social History

The New England Scotch-Irish: A Social History

by Nyal D. McConoughey


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The New England Scotch-Irish: A Social History by Nyal D. McConoughey

The story of the Scotch-Irish is one of progress from something near barbarism in 1600 to civilization, from ignorance to a passion for education, from backwardness in most fields to daring achievement, from static traditionalism to dynamic individualism -- and all of this in space of two centuries.

Just as the uncouth barbarian Vikings became the civilized Scandinavians, the barbarian Achaeans the classical Greeks, the forlorn toilers of the Dark Ages the great French people, so did the Scots of their own later Middle Ages transform themselves into a nation whose philosophers, inventors, literary men, and manufacturers were the admiration of the world.

The Scots who went across the channel to Northern Ireland to participate in the Plantation of Ulster from 1609 onward ran the gamut of character. They all went to look for a better life or to escape miserable conditions or for sheer excitement. Most intended, if Ulster proved hospitable, to live there permanently. They took their families with them, and they soon made Ulster flourish. It was their descendants who, in the following century, searched for a better life in New England.

The New England Scotch-Irish tells their history from the perspective of the people who lived it. It describes in vivid detail the everyday struggles the Ulster immigrants endured and the characteristics that enabled them to thrive in an unfamiliar and often inhospitable landscape.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627871594
Publisher: Wheatmark
Publication date: 10/15/2015
Pages: 226
Sales rank: 442,190
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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