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What do Mark Twain, Neil Armstrong and John McCain all have in common? They’re descendants of Scots-Irish braggarts who crossed the Atlantic from the north of Ireland in the early 1700s and settled in America’s south, giving rise to NASCAR, at least 14 presidents, decisive victories in the Revolutionary War, a third of today’s US … More Book of the Week!

Survivors

I came across this terrific blog that mentioned by book. The author, a single mother, who had been fighting addiction, was trying to get through detox. “While I was detoxing, as soon as I was able to hold a book and read for a bit, I read The Other Irish: The Scots-Irish Rascals Who Made … More Survivors

THE OTHER IRISH: The Scots-Irish Rascals Who Made America Karen F. McCarthy

By Bill McGimpsey Comprehensive works on the Scotch-Irish are few and far between. Since James Leyburn’s milestone “Social History,” published way back in 1962, there have been few notable exhibits. It is now eight years since Senator James Webb introduced his colorful version of the Scotch-Irish story, Born Fighting, a completely different narrative style from … More THE OTHER IRISH: The Scots-Irish Rascals Who Made America Karen F. McCarthy

Billy Kennedy reviews The Other Irish: The Scots-Irish Rascals who Made America by Karen F. McCarthy

The tale of a ‘proud and feisty’ people The Scots-Irish in the United States have an illustrious legacy, which should be the envy of other diasporas in North America. After all they were, as President William McKinley said, “the first to proclaim for liberty in the great United States”. Their fearless contribution on the 18th … More Billy Kennedy reviews The Other Irish: The Scots-Irish Rascals who Made America by Karen F. McCarthy