Chasing the Frontier: Scotch-Irish in Early America

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iUniverse, 2005 - 292 páginas
The story of the Scots-Irish is one of the struggles and achievements of an American immigrant group that existed for only a short period, whose descendants continued to make their marks on the young country for generations. From the North of Ireland to the backwoods of the American frontier, the tale of the Scots-Irish includes a massive exodus to the New World, where they founded communities in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and the Irish Tract of North Carolina during the Revolutionary War era.

Containing nearly six thousand names of documented settlers of the primarily Scots-Irish settlements of Virginia and North Carolina, Chasing The Frontier includes materials from church records, military records, early wills and deeds, and newspapers of the time. For the frontier families, life was a daily test of endurance and hardship, but the Scots-Irish also found time for horseracing, gambling, and socializing, and the migration of this hardy race and the lure of the frontiers of Kentucky and Tennessee led to the founding of churches and state charters, and elections to some of the highest offices in the country.

Chasing the Frontier is a snapshot of everyday life for the pioneering Scots-Irish in early America.

 

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CHAPTER TWO Across The Atlantic
13
CHAPTER THREE The Shenandoah Valley
34
CHAPTER FOUR The Carolina Country
51
CHAPTER SIX Where Theres A Will
81
CHAPTER EIGHT Beginnings of a Revolution
97
CHAPTER TEN Through the Gap
117
CHAPTER TWELVE Early Day Kentucky
145
CHAPTER THIRTEEN Out of Shenando
159
CHAPTER FOURTEEN Life at the Cross Roads
173
CHAPTER FIFTEEN Frontiers and The War of 1812
195
Index
215
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