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En of the peculiarly populist form of American democracy itself Born Fighting is the first book to chronicle the full journey of this remarkable cultural group and the profound but unrecognized role it has played in the shaping of America Written with the storytelling verve that has earned his works such acclaim as “captivating unforgettable” the Wall Street Journal on Lost Soliders Scots Irishman James Webb Vietnam combat veteran and former Naval Secretary traces the history of his people beginning nearly two thousand years Fighting How the Scots Irish ePUB #192 ago at Hadrian’s Wall when the nation of Scotland was formed north of the Wall through armed conflict in contrast to England’s formation to the south through commerce and trade Webb recounts the Scots’ odyssey their clashes with the English in Scotland and then in Ulster their retreat from one war ravaged land to another Through engrossing chronicles of the challenges the Scots Irish faced Webb vividly portrays how they developed the ualities that helped settle the American frontier and define the American character Born Fighting shows that the Scots Irish were percent An amazing book by somewhat surprisingly a Democrat chronicling the history of the Ulster Scots AKA the Northern Irish Protestants AKA the Scots Irish into the New World and beyond I have been reading this book for 4 months It is not a slow read but I found myself so facinated with the history of this people that I had to stop after every chapter and read or watch about the events described such as Hadrian s Wall Robert the Bruce William Wallace the Ulster Plantation The Siege of Londonderry the Hatfields and the McCoys Andrew Jackson the Revolutionary and Civil Wars the Reconstruction the Civil Rights Movement and the War in Vietnam and it s aftermath I have much to read and understand but what a tender lesson in how little I knowI also never understood Appalachia rednecks and how The Republican Party which began with a bang electing from it s early ranks the great President Abe Lincoln became known as a bigoted group of privileged WASPs Webb shows that white southerners are anything but WASPs as they have been the poorest citizens and poorest educated in this nation since its inception with stats to back up this claim When you see what the liberal radical republicans did to the south during reconstruction and how understandably bitter the south became against republicans it would be easy to understand if the south continued to lean democratic to this day However the south leans red or republican since they currently represent traditional American values Yet even as democratic Senator Webb berates Acadamia Mainstream Media and Hollywood for it s characterization and Depiction of southerners confederates and rednecks he fails to elaborate on the transition from blue state to red state This man a by product of the culture he describes so well chooses to instead represent the party of the elite acadamia pseudo intellectuals liberal media skewers of truth Hollywood pretentiousness and cowards Senator Webb demonstrates an understanding of grassroots America that almost predicts and encourages the Tea Party Movement and yet as a Democrat I assume unfortunately that he finds himself at odds with it He better than any other democrat should be able to understand why the socialist obamanation of our country will NEVER be taken lying down

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Born Fighting How the Scots Irish Shaped America

Of the Revolutionary War army they included the pioneers Daniel Boone Lewis and Clark Davy Crockett and Sam Houston they were the writers Edgar Allan Poe and Mark Twain and they have given America numerous great military leaders including Stonewall Jackson Ulysses S Grant Audie Murphy and George S Patton as well as most of the soldiers of the Confederacy only percent of whom owned slaves and who fought against what they viewed as an invading army It illustrates how the Scots Irish redefined American politics creating the populist movement and giving the country a dozen presidents including Andrew Jackson Teddy Roosevelt Woodrow Wilson Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton And it explores how the Scots Irish culture of isolation hard luck stubbornness and mistrust of the nation’s elite formed and still dominates blue collar America the military services the Bible Belt and country music Both a distinguished work of cultural history and a human drama that speaks straight to the heart of contemporary America Born Fighting reintroduces America to its most powerful patriotic and individualistic cultural group one too often ignored or taken for grante While I was growing up in the 70 s I was very envious of my friends who had identifiable ethnicities I wanted to be a hyphenated American but the roots of my family tree were sunk deep in the weeds and lacked the romance of stories of Cold War refugees escaping pogroms or sighting Ellis Island Yet WASP was certainly not fitting and caused my parents to recoil As Born Fighting unfolded the aha moments came thick and fast and I also understood that the lack of identifiable culture I grew up with is actually a mark of Scots Irish culture Sort of like a symptom of schizophrenia can be the denial of any symptoms Since Webb is a politician the last chapters veered off into policy discussions and personal history The first three uarters of the book however were worth it I intend to bring this book to my family reunion and pass it around

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In his first work of nonfiction bestselling How the PDFEPUB #236 novelist James Webb tells the epic story of the Scots Irish a people whose lives and worldview were dictated by resistance conflict and struggle and who in turn profoundly influenced Born Fighting PDFEPUBthe social political and cultural landscape of America from its beginnings through the present dayMore than million Americans today can trace their lineage to the Scots whose bloodline was stained by centuries of continuous warfare along the Fighting How the PDF #8608 border between England and Scotland and later in the bitter settlements of England’s Ulster Plantation in Northern Ireland Between and Scots Irish migrated to America in the eighteenth century traveling in groups of families and bringing with Fighting How the Scots Irish ePUB #192 them not only long experience as rebels and outcasts but also unparalleled skills as frontiersmen and guerrilla fighters Their cultural identity reflected acute individualism dislike of aristocracy and a military tradition and over time the Scots Irish defined the attitudes and values of the military of working class America and ev Dreadful history dishonest on every levelI know that James Webb was a fighting Marine in Vietnam I honor his service But I still think this book is dishonestdistorted and offensive on every level Time and again as I was reading it I just wanted to throw it against a wall Whatever his skills as a fighting man Webb is a limited intellect with no sense of history and no capacity for self perception As a result his book is so biased selective and dishonest it boggles the mindIt s great that he traces the roots of the Scotch Irish all the way back to Gaelic tribes who fought against the Romans He brags that the Celts in Scotland never submitted to Rome and would lie submerged in swamp water for days rather than submit to Roman slavery Assuming any of this is actually true it seems ironic that Webb never compares the Celts to black slaves in the American South Or to the Vietcong Evidently Webb only recognizes tyranny when the victims look just like himMoving on to the Middle Ages Webb having clearly watched BRAVEHEART several times spends nearly an entire chapter describing the savage slaughter of whole cities in Scotland by the cruel tyrant English Edward I My heart bleeds it really does But at least Edward didn t sell the Scots into slavery and force them to pick cotton for 250 years And he didn t drop napalm on their cities either Was Edward I really any worse than Andrew Jackson And were the Scots who fought Edward really any heroic than the Seminoles who fought Andrew Jackson These are the kind of uestions Webb is either too dumb to ask or too dishonest to answerIt s very painful to hear Webb go on and on about Andrew Jackson s courage and love of liberty as if black slavery was somehow not important enough to count as a real crime against liberty How come when Edward I massacres the Scots he s an evil tyrant but when Jackson massacres the Indians he s a great American Again Webb is either too dumb to see the comparison or too dishonest to think it through This book really left me feeling disgusted with American history and with James Webb


10 thoughts on “Born Fighting How the Scots Irish Shaped America

  1. says:

    Dreadful history dishonest on every levelI know that James Webb was a fighting Marine in Vietnam I honor his service But I still think this book is dishonestdistorted and offensive on every level Time and again as I was reading it I just wanted to throw it against a wall Whatever his skills as a fighting man Webb is a limited intellect with no sense of history and no capacity for self perception As a result his book is so biased selective

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    This is a self aggrandizing myopic view of Webb's people with an entrenched narrative of long suffering while making excuses for anything negative While I grant that there is a lot of truth contained in this book and Webb does present a fair amount of the complexities of the history he persistently casts everything in the light of how great the Scots Irish are and how they have been unfairly maligned by the liberal elite and those damn e

  3. says:

    This book was interesting in parts and reasonably well written It's really a book in two parts one about the history of th

  4. says:

    An amazing book by somewhat surprisingly a Democrat chronicling the history of the Ulster Scots AKA the Northern Irish Protestants AKA the Scots Irish into the New World and beyond I have been reading this book for 4 months It is not a slow read but I found myself so facinated with the history of this people that I had to stop after every chapter and read or watch about the events described such as Hadrian's Wall Robert the Bruce William

  5. says:

    Soldier turned Senator turned author Jim Webb has given us a total of ten books of which the best known is probably 2004's Born Fighting How the Scots Irish Shaped America an analysis of the Scots Irish in history and especially in the USA From William Wallace and Robert the Bruce on to the Battle of Bannockburn and the complicated plight of Ulster the author shows us how the Scots Irish fondness for direct action tribal

  6. says:

    This is a book everyone interested in their Scots Irish heritage should read It is a non fiction piece of work with a stru

  7. says:

    I'm not a huge fan of ethnic boosterism but this sweet and pugnacious paean to the hillbillies among us is moving and enlightening The Scots Irish are among the few groups in America that it's ok for some reason to despise and Webb's book se

  8. says:

    While I was growing up in the 70's I was very envious of my friends who had identifiable ethnicities I wanted to

  9. says:

    This book confirmed my suspicions that I have in common with those from the hills of North Carolina and Kentucky than I do with flat landers an

  10. says:

    I picked this up from BookBub for an obscenely low price having had it recommended to me by my friend Keith I’m half Irish “Potato Irish” not Scots Irish but my maternal grandmother came from County Antrim in North Ireland and believe you me she hated the English so there’s some commonality but I’m getting ahead of myself Mr Webb