Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America by James WebbMore 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.
Why a Scottish people so bitter towards ENGLAND?
Since I moved to London, my casual chatting about the joys of battered pizzas and macaroni cheese pies have been met with baffled frowns. There are a few things that we do in Scotland that seem to baffle the rest of the UK — not least of all daring to want a say in how our own country is moving forward by discussing independence. But these 15 things are a lot more low key than that — from foods that no-one else has heard of to gasp! Pizzas are not quite calorie heavy enough for us — look, we need the padding, have you felt the bitter winds up here? Dropping a pizza into a deep fat fryer sounds like an abomination, until you taste it.
Why do England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales play as separate sporting teams internationally? I know that England and Scotland kind of hate each other, but how does England feel about Wales? Do Scots, Welsh and Irish support England during the World Cup?.
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1. We deep fry pizzas
Dear Nicki - Why do the Scottish hate the English
I was in Scotland last year, and thought I'd visit the Wallace monument near Stirling. It's an incredibly impressive architectural feat, but more entertaining is the sculpture that stands outside the shop there - a statue of Mel Gibson as Wallace in Braveheart! But he's a true gentlemen to much to write on here what he's done i just hope i'll cope movin in two years from noo from doon sooth to dunfermline toon. Very funny. Not that I care one jot about Scots hating the English. As you say, take that away from them and they cease to exist.
We're on their trail, and we've got many fresh leads to chase down — please support our work. If the Scots hate the English so much, why do no Scottish comedians mock the English, while English stand ups are more than happy to laugh at their northern neighbours? Jubilee crowd - but what do the people of Britain think of each other? There was an Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman. The Irishman did something stupid, then the Celtic Tiger thing happened and we stopped making jokes about them.