The Other Irish: The Scots-Irish Rascals Who Made America

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Sterling, 2011 - Scots-Irish - 374 pages
What do Mark Twain, Neil Armstrong, and John McCain have in common? They're all descendants of a merry group of Scots-Irish braggarts that crossed the Atlantic from Ireland in the early 1700s and settled in America's South. Also known as the "Other Irish," this wild bunch of patriotic, rebellious, fervently religious rascals gave us the NRA, at least fourteen presidents, decisive victories in the Revolutionary War, a third of today's US Military, country music, Star Wars, the Munchkins, American-style Democracy, and even the religious right . . . not to mention NASCAR, whose roots go back to Prohibition-era moonshine runners. Yet few Americans are familiar with the Other Irish or their contributions to American culture. Now author and documentary filmmaker Karen McCarthy shines a probing light on this fascinating topic, illuminating the extent to which the Scots-Irish helped weave the fabric of our nation.

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Accomplished writer and documentary filmmaker Karen F. McCarthy has written about U.S. politics in the Irish Examiner and was an embedded reporter in Iraq who traveled in Baghdad and the surrounding provinces, contributing in-depth news features and analysis about the war to the Irish Times, Sunday Tribune, and News Tribune. Her four-part documentary series Made in America about the “new Irish”--the '90s generation of 30-something Irish immigrants turned millionaires--was broadcast on Ireland's leading network RTE and was nominated for an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Documentary Series. She worked at Al Jazeera English in Washington, D.C., where she wrote and produced a daily segment for the Riz Khan show. You can find her online at

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