A comprehensive yet concise early history of the Scots Irish in Pennsylvania
The Scots Irish of Early Pennsylvania
A Varied People
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The Scots Irish were one of early Pennsylvania's largest non-English immigrant groups. They were stereotyped as frontier ruffians and Indian haters. In The Scots Irish of Early Pennsylvania, historian Judith Ridner insists that this immigrant group was socio-economically diverse. Servants and free people, individuals and families, and political exiles and refugees from Ulster, they not only pioneered new frontier settlements, but also populated the state's cities—Philadelphia and Pittsburgh—and its towns, such as Lancaster, Easton, and Carlisle.
Judith Ridner is an Associate Professor of History at Mississippi State University and author of A Town In-Between: Carlisle, Pennsylvania and the Early Mid-Atlantic Interior.
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