Ulster to America

The Scots-Irish Migration Experience, 1680–1830
Author: Warren R. Hofstra
Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press
ISBN: 1572338326
Category: History
Page: 292
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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 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.

From Ulster to America

The Scotch-Irish Heritage of American English
Author: Michael Montgomery
Publisher: Ulster Historical Foundation
ISBN: 9781903688618
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 210
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Over the last 350 years, Ireland has sent a constant stream of emigrants to North America. Estimates range from 6 to 10 million. Each emigrant spoke English, Irish, or Ulster Scots. Many indeed used two of these tongues. One of the most formative chapters in this fascinating story is the often-overlooked arrival of perhaps 200,000 people from Ulster in the colonial era, specifically in the sixty years before the American Revolution. This book recounts the lasting impact they made on the development of the,English language of the United States from the 18th century to the present day. It documents nearly 400 terms and meanings, each with quotations from both sides of the Atlantic, that were contributed to American English by these 18th-century settlers from Ulster. Drawing on letters they sent back to their homeland and on other archival documents associated with their settlement, including local fiction and poetry, it shows that Ulster emigrants and their children, who settled mainly in the American interior, gave as much to regional American English as any other group from the Old World. Its pages contain many pleasant surprises: readers will find terms both instantly recognisable and unfamiliar. The numerous quotations not only bring alive the speech of earlier days on both sides of the Atlantic but also extend our understanding of the culture, mannerisms and life of those pioneering times and, through the spoken and written word, poignantly link the past with the present.

Ulster Emigration to Colonial America, 1718-1775


Author: R. J. Dickson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780901905178
Category: History
Page: 320
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First published in 1966, R. J. Dickson's "Ulster Emigration to Colonial America, 1718-1775 "remains the acknowledged work of scholarship on migration in the eighteenth century of a quarter of a million people from Ulster to the New World. It combines detailed investigation of the economic, social, and political background to the exodus with information on the emigrant trade and an analysis of the motivations and origins of the emigrants themselves. This new edition includes a specially written introduction by Graeme Kirkham, whose researches on both sides of the Atlantic are reflected in an essay which considers recent advances in the understanding of this important mass population movement from Ireland to America.

Ulster Migration to America

Letters from Three Irish Families
Author: Ronald Wells
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9780820416359
Category: History
Page: 170
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This book addresses a neglected area of Irish emigration to America, that from Ulster in the nineteenth century. Studies of nineteenth and twentieth century Irish emigration have centered on the south and the west of Ireland. Or, when emigration from the north of Ireland has been studied, it has typically been concerned with the eighteenth century. This is a study of America Letters, the letters sent home to the north of Ireland from Ulster emigrants in America. Insofar as it is possible to illumine the mind of emigration, the letters of ordinary people help us to do so. The letters in this book are from three families - two Protestant, one Catholic - and they range in time-span between 1843 and 1932.

Ulster Sails West

The Story of the Great Emigration from Ulster to North America in the 18th Century, Together with an Outline of the Part Played by Ulstermen in Building the United States
Author: William Forbes Marshall
Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Com
ISBN: 9780806307541
Category: History
Page: 79
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The emigration of people from Ulster (Northern Ireland) and their contributions to the development of the American Colonies.

The People with No Name

Ireland's Ulster Scots, America's Scots Irish, and the Creation of a British Atlantic World, 1689-1764
Author: Patrick Griffin
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400842891
Category: History
Page: 264
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More than 100,000 Ulster Presbyterians of Scottish origin migrated to the American colonies in the six decades prior to the American Revolution, the largest movement of any group from the British Isles to British North America in the eighteenth century. Drawing on a vast store of archival materials, The People with No Name is the first book to tell this fascinating story in its full, transatlantic context. It explores how these people--whom one visitor to their Pennsylvania enclaves referred to as ''a spurious race of mortals known by the appellation Scotch-Irish''--drew upon both Old and New World experiences to adapt to staggering religious, economic, and cultural change. In remarkably crisp, lucid prose, Patrick Griffin uncovers the ways in which migrants from Ulster--and thousands like them--forged new identities and how they conceived the wider transatlantic community. The book moves from a vivid depiction of Ulster and its Presbyterian community in and after the Glorious Revolution to a brilliant account of religion and identity in early modern Ireland. Griffin then deftly weaves together religion and economics in the origins of the transatlantic migration, and examines how this traumatic and enlivening experience shaped patterns of settlement and adaptation in colonial America. In the American side of his story, he breaks new critical ground for our understanding of colonial identity formation and of the place of the frontier in a larger empire. The People with No Name will be indispensable reading for anyone interested in transatlantic history, American Colonial history, and the history of Irish and British migration.

Wayfaring Strangers

The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia
Author: Fiona Ritchie,Doug Orr
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469618230
Category: Music
Page: 384
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Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a steady stream of Scots migrated to Ulster and eventually onward across the Atlantic to resettle in the United States. Many of these Scots-Irish immigrants made their way into the mountains of the southern Appalachian region. They brought with them a wealth of traditional ballads and tunes from the British Isles and Ireland, a carrying stream that merged with sounds and songs of English, German, Welsh, African American, French, and Cherokee origin. Their enduring legacy of music flows today from Appalachia back to Ireland and Scotland and around the globe. In Wayfaring Strangers, Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr guide readers on a musical voyage across oceans, linking people and songs through centuries of adaptation and change. From ancient ballads at the heart of the tradition to instruments that express this dynamic music, Ritchie and Orr chronicle the details of an epic journey. Enriched by the insights of key contributors to the living tradition on both sides of the Atlantic, this abundantly illustrated volume includes a CD featuring 20 songs by musicians profiled in the book, including Dolly Parton, Dougie MacLean, Cara Dillon, John Doyle, Pete Seeger, Sheila Kay Adams, Jean Ritchie, Doc Watson, David Holt, Anais Mitchell, Al Petteway, and Amy White.

From Ulster to Pennsylvania and Westward

American Descendants of Benjamin and Mary Hamilton Wreath
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Ulster (Northern Ireland and Ireland)
Page: 224
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A genealogy of the Wreath family in America who are descendants of Benjamin Wreath and his wife Mary Hamilton. Benjamin was born 18 September 1795 in Ireland. He married Mary Hamilton who was born 25 December 1804 also in Ireland. They came to the United States in 1839 settling near Bakerstown, Pennsylvania. Later they moved to Illinois where Benjamin died 18 December 1864 in Coe twp., Rock Island County, Illinois. Mary died 13 March 1891also in Coe Twp., Rock Island County, Illinois. "Both bur. Point Pleasant Cemetery west of Hillsdale, Il."--p. 31 .

In Search of Ulster-Scots Land

The Birth and Geotheological Imagings of a Transatlantic People, 1603-1703
Author: Barry Vann
Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781570037085
Category: History
Page: 252
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A cultural geographic view on Scots-Irish immigration from Ulster to the Bible Belt

Ulster and North America

Transatlantic Perspectives on the Scotch-Irish
Author: Tyler Blethen,Curtis Wood
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 283
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This collection of 11 essays addresses the complex issues of Scotch-Irish history and ethnic identity by viewing them from a transatlantic and comparative perspective. The 11 essays, originally presented at meetings of the Ulster-American Heritage Symposium by scholars from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and the United States, address the nature of Scotch-Irish culture by examining values, traditions, demographics, and language.

Ulster Presbyterians and the Scots Irish Diaspora, 1750-1764


Author: B. Bankhurst
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137328207
Category: History
Page: 202
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Bankhurst examines how news regarding the violent struggle to control the borderlands of British North America between 1740 and 1760 resonated among communities in Ireland with familial links to the colonies. This work considers how intense Irish press coverage and American fundraising drives in Ireland produced empathy among Ulster Presbyterians.

Born Fighting

How the Scots-Irish Shaped America
Author: Jim Webb
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 9780767922951
Category: History
Page: 384
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In his first work of nonfiction, bestselling novelist James Webb tells the epic story of the Scots-Irish, a people whose lives and worldview were dictated by resistance, conflict, and struggle, and who, in turn, profoundly influenced the social, political, and cultural landscape of America from its beginnings through the present day. More than 27 million Americans today can trace their lineage to the Scots, whose bloodline was stained by centuries of continuous warfare along the border between England and Scotland, and later in the bitter settlements of England’s Ulster Plantation in Northern Ireland. Between 250,000 and 400,000 Scots-Irish migrated to America in the eighteenth century, traveling in groups of families and bringing with them not only long experience as rebels and outcasts but also unparalleled skills as frontiersmen and guerrilla fighters. Their cultural identity reflected acute individualism, dislike of aristocracy and a military tradition, and, over time, the Scots-Irish defined the attitudes and values of the military, of working class America, and even of the peculiarly populist form of American democracy itself. Born Fighting is the first book to chronicle the full journey of this remarkable cultural group, and the profound, but unrecognized, role it has played in the shaping of America. Written with the storytelling verve that has earned his works such acclaim as “captivating . . . unforgettable” (the Wall Street Journal on Lost Soliders), Scots-Irishman James Webb, Vietnam combat veteran and former Naval Secretary, traces the history of his people, beginning nearly two thousand years ago at Hadrian’s Wall, when the nation of Scotland was formed north of the Wall through armed conflict in contrast to England’s formation to the south through commerce and trade. Webb recounts the Scots’ odyssey—their clashes with the English in Scotland and then in Ulster, their retreat from one war-ravaged land to another. Through engrossing chronicles of the challenges the Scots-Irish faced, Webb vividly portrays how they developed the qualities that helped settle the American frontier and define the American character. Born Fighting shows that the Scots-Irish were 40 percent of the Revolutionary War army; they included the pioneers Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark, Davy Crockett, and Sam Houston; they were the writers Edgar Allan Poe and Mark Twain; and they have given America numerous great military leaders, including Stonewall Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Audie Murphy, and George S. Patton, as well as most of the soldiers of the Confederacy (only 5 percent of whom owned slaves, and who fought against what they viewed as an invading army). It illustrates how the Scots-Irish redefined American politics, creating the populist movement and giving the country a dozen presidents, including Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. And it explores how the Scots-Irish culture of isolation, hard luck, stubbornness, and mistrust of the nation’s elite formed and still dominates blue-collar America, the military services, the Bible Belt, and country music. Both a distinguished work of cultural history and a human drama that speaks straight to the heart of contemporary America, Born Fighting reintroduces America to its most powerful, patriotic, and individualistic cultural group—one too often ignored or taken for granted.

The Scotch-Irish

A Social History
Author: James G. Leyburn
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 0807888915
Category: History
Page: 397
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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 discusses their life in Scotland, when the essentials of their character and culture were shaped; their removal to Northern Ireland and the action of their residence in that region upon their outlook on life; and their successive migrations to America, where they settled especially in the back-country of Pennsylvania, Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia, and then after the Revolutionary War were in the van of pioneers to the west.

Mountain Spirits

A Chronicle of Corn Whiskey from King James' Ulster Plantation to America's Appalachians and the Moonshine Life
Author: Joseph Earl Dabney
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780914875024
Category: Cooking
Page: 242
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Mountain Spirits is a scholarly yet entertaining look into this staple of Southern Appalachian history. The folklore of moonshine whiskey is full of fact and fiction, but the real characters tell stories even more humorous and exciting. Dabney?s interviews with actual moonshiners and his documented history allow one to take a trip through the mountains ? and through history ? to discover both the origins and development of the art of making whiskey.With a complete glossary, extensive history, photographs, illustrations, and interviews, Mountain Spirits offers a most complete exploration of this craft which has been passed down from generation to generation. From distilling for personal use to the moonshining gangs that emerged during Prohibition, this is absorbing reading about one of the most colorful eras in American history.