Beginning with the origins of their population in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the author traces the Scotch-Irish development from Lowland Scotland to Northern Ireland to the American colonies. Arriving in the East, the Scotch-Irish were characterized by other colonists as being fiery tempered, stubborn, hard drinking, and very religious, and they quickly made lasting impressions. Though the Scotch-Irish were in the minority, they managed to impact history. Most notably, they introduced the appeals system and the checks and balances system.
Carlton Jackson is a professor of history at Western Kentucky University. He has held senior Fulbright lectureships in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, and during the 1989-90 academic year was the Fulbright Bicentennial Professor of American Studies at the University of Helsinki. He is the author and co-author of eleven books including Hattie: The Life of Hattie McDaniel.