A Dance Called America

The Scottish Highlands, The United States and Canada


Author: James Hunter

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780573618

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 5002

A new dance is devised on the Isle of Skye in the eighteenth century. An exhilarating dance. A dance, one visitor reports, that 'the emigration from Skye has occasioned'. The visitor asks for the dance's name. 'They call it America,' he is told. Now James Hunter, one of Scotland's leading historians, provides the first comprehensive account of what happened to the thousands of people who, over the last 300 years, left Skye and other parts of the Scottish Highlands to make new lives in the United States and Canada. The product both of painstaking research and extensive travels in North America, this is the definitive story of the Highland impact on the New World, the story of how soldiers, explorers, guerrilla fighters, fur traders, lumberjacks and pioneer settlers from the north of Scotland found, on the other side of the Atlantic, freedoms and opportunities denied to them at home.

A Dance Called America

The Scottish Highlands, the United States and Canada


Author: James W. Hunter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780198204381


Page: 288

View: 546

The Origins of Canadian and American Political Differences


Author: Jason Andrew Kaufman

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674031364

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 5984

Why do the United States and Canada have such divergent political cultures when they share one of the closest economic and cultural relationships in the world? Kaufman examines the North American political landscape to draw out the essential historical factors that underlie the countries differences."

Canadian Migration Patterns from Britain and North America


Author: Barbara Jane Messamore

Publisher: University of Ottawa Press

ISBN: 0776605437

Category: History

Page: 294

View: 6624

The character of Canada has always been defined by the successive waves of immigrants that have peopled its vastness, beginning with the six thousand French immigrants who came to settle New France in the latter half of the seventeenth century, and continuing through the present day. Migration and adaptation to a new country have also been prominent themes in Canadian literature, detailed in the works of such authors as Susanna Moodie and Robert Service. In this collection of essays, nineteen Canadianists take a new look at immigration and migration, and how it has affected the development of the country. Drawn from a number of papers presented at the 1998 conference on migration hosted by the Centre of Canadian Studies at the University of Edinburgh, the essays address various aspects of migration in Canada. They range from topics in the eighteenth century to the 1990s, and cover a range of disciplines including geography, economics, sociology, literature, and music. All the essays demonstrate how important immigration and ties to other parts of the world are to Canadians and to the Canadian identity, and how migration is a key issue in Canada's social, economic, political, and cultural life. By addressing aspects of the migration experience – from refugee policy to migration songs – the contributors to this collection have added greater depth and clarity to our understanding of the Canadian identity.

Highland Heritage

Scottish Americans in the American South


Author: R. Celeste Ray

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9780807849132

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 5855

Explores how the Scottish heritage and folklore thrives and blends with Southern regional myths and culture, and how that creates a unique sense of identity for Scottish Americans.

The Sporting Scots of Nineteenth-century Canada


Author: Gerald Redmond

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838630693

Category: History

Page: 347

View: 7441

This book examines the role of the Scots in the development of Canadian sport. The evidence from the wide range of primary and secondary sources cited by the author proves that the Scottish contribution was significant.

Lairds, Bards, and Mariners

The Scot in Northwest America


Author: Bruce Le Roy

Publisher: [Tacoma?] : Published for the Washington State American Revolution Bicentennial Commission by the Washington State Historical Society and the Center for Northwest Folklore


Category: Northwest, Pacific

Page: 124

View: 9567

Periods in Highland History


Author: I. F. Grant,Hugh Cheape

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780856831713

Category: Highlands (Scotland)

Page: 320

View: 7617

A structured history of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland from prehistoric, pre-Christian times to the present. This lengthy timescale is divided into seven periods, each analyzed in terms of its political, economic and cultural conditions. Scottish history, and Highland history more so, lack the convenient labels of English history - Norman, Tudor, Stuart, Georgian and Victorian, the names of their ruling dynasties or monarchs - by which specific period characteristics across a broad range of culture may be identified and discussed.This had led to the mistaken belief that there is no clearly discernible sequence of events and social conditions. The authors, who both have extensive knowledge of the Highlands, dispute this and propose a framework of seven clearly distinguishable periods to make sense of the sequence of events, the pattern of developments and social conditions, and the not inconsiderable achievements of art, craft and literature.Concise in style and informed by great erudition, Periods of Highland History offers a wealth of details on topics ranging from clan warfare to the origin of the Highlanders' distinctive dress, to the agricultural methods they used to support themselves in their beautiful but rugged land.Until recently, change came slowly in the Highlands, making distinct phases hard to identify. To help distinguish them the authors have highlighted processes such as the development of strong clan identities, the flowering of Gaelic verse and the recovery of Highland morale after the defeat at Culloden.

The Scots Abroad

Labour, Capital, Enterprise, 1750-1914


Author: R. A. Cage

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780709908333

Category: Civilization, Modern

Page: 287

View: 2084

The Making of the Crofting Community


Author: James Hunter

Publisher: Birlinn Limited

ISBN: 9781841588537

Category: History

Page: 326

View: 3680

This book has been seminal in bringing to the fore the injustices that have been inflicted on the Highlands in the name of government and landlord—injustices often lost in the name of dry statistics and academic balance. Written by a man who has gone on to become both an award-winning historian of the Highlands and a leading figure in the public life of the region, The Making of the Crofting Community has attracted praise, inspired debate, and provoked outrage and controversy over the years. This book remains necessary to challenge standard academic interpretations of the Highland past. Having long been one of the classics of Birlinn's John Donald list, this revised and updated new edition includes a substantial new preface and an extensive reworking of the existing text.

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

View: 6430

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.

The Loyalists

Revolution, Exile, Settlement


Author: Christopher Moore

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Limited

ISBN: 9780771060939

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 8086

By the end of the Revolutionary War there were a great number of Loyalists--people who could not support the Revolution. In 1783 and 1784, some 50,000 of these Loyalists headed north, forcing the British authorities in Halifax and Quebec to provide for the wave of refugees that far outnumbered the resident population. Those Loyalists went on to change the face of the Canadian colonies.

Hugh MacLennan: A Writer's Life


Author: Elspeth Cameron

Publisher: James Lorimer & Company

ISBN: 9780887801044

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 428

View: 2901

Hugh MacLennan is one of Canada's great writers. Five-time winner of the Governor General's Award, his work includes some of the best loved and most read Canadian novels of all time: Two Solitudes, The Watch That Ends the Night, Barometer Rising. In this widely praised biography, written with the full cooperation of MacLennan, Elspeth Cameron describes his early life in Nova Scotia, his complex relationships with his father and mother, and the many reverses until his first great success in 1941 with Barometer Rising. Cameron's critical assessment of his work, up to and including the dense, experimental Voices in Time, places MacLennan firmly among the first rank of 20th century Canadian nationalist intellectuals, along with Harold Innes, Donald Creighton and George Grant. Hugh MacLennan: A Writer's Life is a sympathetic and perceptive account that explores the many fascinating links between MacLennan's life and his writings.

The People's Clearance

Highland Emigration to British North America, 1770-1815


Author: J. M. Bumsted

Publisher: Univ. of Manitoba Press

ISBN: 0887553826

Category: History

Page: 305

View: 2664

This is a revisionist account of Highland Scottish emigration to what is now Canada, in the formative half century before Waterloo.

Let Me Be Free

The Nez Perce Tragedy


Author: David Sievert Lavender

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806131900

Category: History

Page: 403

View: 8893

Recounts the desperate attempt of Chief Joseph and his Nez Perce Indians of Idaho to elude annihilation by the U.S. Cavalry by escaping to Canada.

Scottish Exodus

Travels Among a Worldwide Clan


Author: James Hunter

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1845968476

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 7950

Millions of Scots have left their homeland during the last 400 years. Until now, they have been written about in general terms. Scottish Exodus breaks new ground by taking particular emigrants, drawn from the once-powerful Clan MacLeod, and discovering what happened to them and their families. These people became, among other things, French aristocrats, Polish resistance fighters, Texan ranchers, New Zealand shepherds, Australian goldminers, Aboriginal and African-American activists, Canadian mounted policemen and Confederate rebels. One nineteenth-century MacLeod even went so far as to swap his Gaelic for Arabic and his Christianity for Islam before settling down comfortably in Cairo. This gripping account of Scotland's worldwide diaspora is based on unpublished documents, letters and family histories. It is also based on the author's travels in the company of today's MacLeods - some of them still in Scotland, others further afield. Scottish Exodus is a tale of disastrous voyages, famine and dispossession, the hazards of pioneering on faraway frontiers. But it is also the moving story of how people separated from Scotland by hundreds of years and thousands of miles continue to identify with the small country where their journeyings began.