A Dance Called America

The Scottish Highlands, The United States and Canada

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Author: James Hunter

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780573618

Category: History

Page: 288

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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.

The Origins of Canadian and American Political Differences

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Author: Jason Andrew Kaufman

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674031364

Category: History

Page: 368

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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."

Scottish Exodus

Travels Among a Worldwide Clan

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Author: James Hunter

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1845968476

Category: History

Page: 416

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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.

Canadian Migration Patterns from Britain and North America

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Author: Barbara Jane Messamore

Publisher: University of Ottawa Press

ISBN: 0776605437

Category: History

Page: 294

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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.

Glencoe and the Indians

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Author: James Hunter

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780571984

Category: History

Page: 224

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In 1876, they wipe out General George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Chief Sitting Bull and his Sioux people then flee from the United States to Canada. There, in the autumn of 1877, the Sioux are joined by the remnants of the latest Indian nation to make a stand against the US Army, the Nez Perce. Their survivors are led by Chief White Bird. A young man follows White Bird to Sitting Bull's camp. He is White Bird's close relative and aims to tell the story of the Nez Perce War from the Nez Perce point of view. This young man's name is Duncan McDonald. Descended from chiefs of the Nez Perce and from chiefs of Scotland's most formidable clan, Duncan's family - first as Highlanders, then as Native Americans - have twice been victims of massacre and dispossession. Written with the help of Duncan McDonald's present-day kinsfolk on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Western Montana, this real-life family saga spans two continents and more than thirty generations to link Scotland's clans with the native peoples of the American West.

Highland Heritage

Scottish Americans in the American South

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Author: Celeste Ray

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469625806

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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Each year, tens of thousands of people flock to Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina, and to more than two hundred other locations across the country to attend Scottish Highland Games and Gatherings. There, kilt-wearing participants compete in athletics, Highland dancing, and bagpiping, while others join clan societies in celebration of a Scottish heritage. As Celeste Ray notes, however, the Scottish affiliation that Americans claim today is a Highland Gaelic identity that did not come to characterize that nation until long after the ancestors of many Scottish Americans had left Scotland. Ray explores how Highland Scottish themes and lore merge with southern regional myths and identities to produce a unique style of commemoration and a complex sense of identity for Scottish Americans in the South. Blending the objectivity of the anthropologist with respect for the people she studies, she asks how and why we use memories of our ancestral pasts to provide a sense of identity and community in the present. In so doing, she offers an original and insightful examination of what it means to be Scottish in America.

The Sporting Scots of Nineteenth-century Canada

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Author: Gerald Redmond

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838630693

Category: History

Page: 347

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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.

Social Change in the Age of Enlightenment

Edinburgh, 1660-1760

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Author: Robert Allan Houston

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 443

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Eighteenth-century Edinburgh was the cradle of the Scottish Enlightenment and a city of international significance. The lives and ideas of its prominent figures have received extensive treatment, but little attention has been paid to the society which produced them. In this wide-ranging study of Edinburgh over a century of social change, R. A. Houston offers unrivalled breadth of analysis of the ways in which urban life was transformed. Chapters on social relationships, the use of space, the place of the poor in Scotland's capital, religious values and attitudes to urban living, riot, and popular protest, and developments in political economy build up to a powerful argument about social change in the decades before the Enlightenment. As well as providing unique depth of context for Enlightenment studies, this book explains how broader changes in social attitudes and values took root in a century which witnessed dramatic political, economic, and intellectual developments.

On the Other Side of Sorrow

Nature and People in the Scottish Highlands

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Author: James Hunter

Publisher: Birlinn

ISBN: 0857908340

Category: Nature

Page: 320

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A magnificent combination of political passion, scholarship, literary sensitivity . . . and hopefulness' - Robert Macfarlane 'A wonderful and ambitious book' - Shetland Times Caring for the environment, developing rural communities and ensuring the survival of minority cultures are all laudable objectives, but they can conflict, and nowhere more so than the Scottish Highlands. As environmentalists strive to preserve the scenery and wildlife of the Highlands, the people who belong there, and who have their own claims on the landscape, question this threat to their culture, which dates back thousands of years. In this acclaimed and thought-provoking book, James Hunter examines the dispute between Highlanders, who developed a strong environmental awareness countless generations before other Europeans, and conservationists, whose thinking owes much to the romantic ideals of the nineteenth century. More than that, he also suggests a new way of dealing with the problem, advocating drastic land-use changes and the repopulation of empty glens - an approach which has worldwide implications.

The Making of the Crofting Community

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Author: James Hunter

Publisher: Birlinn Limited

ISBN: 9781841588537

Category: History

Page: 326

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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.

Last of the Free

A History of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

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Author: James Hunter

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780570066

Category: History

Page: 416

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Written by award-winning Scottish historian James Hunter, this groundbreaking and definitive account reveals how the Highlands and Islands of Scotland have evolved from a centre of European significance to a Scottish outpost. Never before has the history of the region been recounted so comprehensively and in so much fascinating, often moving, detail. But this book is not simply the story of humanity's millennia-long involvement with one of the world's most spectacular localities. It is also a major contribution to present-day debate about how Scotland, and Britain, should be organised.

Klondike

The Last Great Gold Rush, 1896-1899

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Author: Pierre Berton

Publisher: Anchor Canada

ISBN: 0385673647

Category: History

Page: 496

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With the building of the railroad and the settlement of the plains, the North West was opening up. The Klondike stampede was a wild interlude in the epic story of western development, and here are its dramatic tales of hardship, heroism, and villainy. We meet Soapy Smith, dictator of Skagway; Swiftwater Bill Gates, who bathed in champagne; Silent Sam Bonnifield, who lost and won back a hotel in a poker game; and Roddy Connors, who danced away a fortune at a dollar a dance. We meet dance-hall queens, paupers turned millionaires, missionaries and entrepreneurs, and legendary Mounties such as Sam Steele, the Lion of the Yukon. Pierre Berton's riveting account reveals to us the spectacle of the Chilkoot Pass, and the terrors of lesser-known trails through the swamps of British Columbia, across the glaciers of souther Alaska, and up the icy streams of the Mackenzie Mountains. It contrasts the lawless frontier life on the American side of the border to the relative safety of Dawson City. Winner of the Governor General's award for non-fiction, Klondike is authentic history and grand entertainment, and a must-read for anyone interested in the Canadian frontier.

Set Adrift Upon the World

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Author: James Hunter

Publisher: Birlinn

ISBN: 9781780273549

Category: History

Page: 416

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They would be better dead, they said, than set adrift upon the world. But set adrift they were - thousands of them, their communities destroyed, their homes demolished and burned. Such were the Sutherland Clearances, an extraordinary episode involving the deliberate depopulation of much of a Scottish county during the early part of the 19th century. In this book James Hunter tells the story of the Sutherland Clearances. His research took him to archives in Scotland, England and Canada, to the now deserted straths of Sutherland, to the frozen shores of Hudson Bay. The result is a gripping, moving, definitive account of a people's struggle for survival in the face of tragedy and disaster which includes experiences which have not featured in any previous account --

Periods in Highland History

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Author: I. F. Grant,Hugh Cheape

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780856831713

Category: Highlands (Scotland)

Page: 320

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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 Marches

A Borderland Journey Between England and Scotland

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Author: Rory Stewart

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544105796

Category: Travel

Page: 304

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“An unforgettable tale.” — National Geographic In The Places in Between Rory Stewart walked some of the most dangerous borderlands in the world. Now he travels with his eighty-nine-year-old father—a comical, wily, courageous, and infuriating former British intelligence officer—along the border they call home. On Stewart’s four-hundred-mile walk across a magnificent natural landscape, he sleeps on mountain ridges and in housing projects, in hostels and farmhouses. With every fresh encounter—from an Afghanistan veteran based on Hadrian’s Wall to a shepherd who still counts his flock in sixth-century words—Stewart uncovers more about the forgotten peoples and languages of a vanished country, now crushed between England and Scotland. Stewart and his father are drawn into unsettling reflections on landscape, their parallel careers in the bygone British Empire and Iraq, and the past, present, and uncertain future of the United Kingdom. And as the end approaches, the elder Stewart’s stubborn charm transforms this chronicle of nations into a fierce, exuberant encounter between a father and a son. This is a profound reflection on family, landscape, and history by a powerful and original writer. “The miracle of The Marches is not so much the treks Stewart describes, pulling in all possible relevant history, as the monument that emerges to his beloved father.” — New York Times Book Review

The Scots Abroad

Labour, Capital, Enterprise, 1750-1914

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Author: R. A. Cage

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780709908333

Category: Civilization, Modern

Page: 287

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Wayfaring Strangers

The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia

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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.