SNN has extensively covered the mass migration of Ulster-Scots to the New World, their differences with the Puritans of New England, their contributions to the South in the form of heroes and culture, the awareness of those Ulster-Scots still in Northern Ireland of their Southern connections (also see here), the distinctiveness of Appalachia (where they predominantly settled) and the hatred in the US mainstream media for them. These were the people who settled much of the Upcountry South, built many of the cities we are familiar with today and continue to constitute the majority of the Upper South’s population. They have been in America so long and were so instrumental in fighting its wars and forming its identity that in many cases their European roots have been largely lost; they often simply refer to their ethnicity as ‘American‘ in a way that no other ethnic group does. Over the last couple of decades the Ulster-Scots identity has undergone something of a revival; the renewed Southern nationalist movement has played an important role in this revival.
Today, one of our Ulster-Scots readers sent us the following graphic, highlighting the great migration of the Ulster-Scots in the eighteenth century.