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Scots, Irish, and Scotch Irish in North Carolina

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New additions to the collections of the Government and Heritage Library:

aberdeenAberdeen, by Robert Farrell.  A rich narrative, combined with archival  photographs, brings to life the 20th century history of this Sandhills town. Aberdeen was originally settled by Scottish immigrants escaping persecution who traveled via the Cape Fear River from the North Carolina coast.


irishRethinking the Irish in the American South: Beyond Rounders and Reelers, Bryan Giemza, Ed. Featuring contributions from historians, literary critics, poets, and ethnomusicologists, these are knit together by their enthusiasm for their subject. Assumptions about Irish Americans are challenged successfully and plumb the shifting complexities of Irishness in the American South and how the music, literature, population patterns and history of the region have been transformed.


scottishScots and Scotch Irish: Frontier Life in North Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky, by Larry Hoefling. This book describes the origins, history, migration patterns, and frontier life of Scots and Scotch Irish immigrants who settled in the American South.




trueThe True Image: Gravestone Art and the Culture of Scotch Irish Settlers in the Pennsylvania and Carolina Backcountry, by Daniel Patterson. The author presents a catalog of tombstones along with an historical ethnography and a social history of their makers,  the Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. Brought to life are the ways in which Scotch-Irish immigrants and their descendants used their cultural  heritage to adapted to life on the American frontier.

Library materials will be available for check out at the Government and Heritage Library by North Carolina State Agency employees or may be borrowed through an interlibrary loan request at your local public library. To view other new library acquisitions, click here.

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