‘Outlander’ Sparks New Interest in NC’s Scottish Traditions

The popular television series "Outlander," a historical drama about Highland Scots in the 18th century, resonates among those of us with Scottish ancestors. In Season 4, the central characters flee to North Carolina after their ignominious defeat by the British at the Battle of Culloden in 1745. The TV series has sparked a network of... Continue Reading →


‘Let America Be America Again…’

“O, let America be America again— The land that never has been yet— And yet must be—the land where every man is free” Langston Hughes, 1935 — Timothy Snyder (@TimothyDSnyder) July 4, 2018

Scottish Immigrants Were Mostly Loyal to the British Crown

The descendants of Scottish immigrants to America probably heard false stories about how their ancestors fought the British Tories during the Revolutionary War. I certainly did. Apparently, Scottish-American generations after the war felt shame or feared discrimination if they confessed that their families were among the approximately one-third of American colonists who were loyal to... Continue Reading →

Startling Demographic Trends in America

More Americans -- one out of five -- are living in multi-generational households, compared to 12 percent in 1980. About a third of Americans live in shared households rather than the traditional nuclear family, compared to 20 percent in 1990. Many of these are senior citizens. Video: How America Has Changed. 225 Years of Statistics.... Continue Reading →

Bonds and Myths of American Identity

Living abroad for eight years, my primary identity became "American" and "expat." I was thrilled to encounter Americans in the Middle East and felt instant affinity with most of them. Political or (sub)cultural differences didn't matter. We seemed to have an innate understanding of each other. Now that I am "home," it seems I have... Continue Reading →

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