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Sons of Ulster.(BookTalk)(Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America)(Book Review)

Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America By James Webb Broadway, 369 pages, $25.95

The subtitle of James Webb's Born Fighting--How the Scott-Irish Shaped America--implies a much narrower scope than the book embodies. Instead of merely explaining their impact on American life, Webb takes the reader on a journey through the entire history of the Scots-Irish people.

This history begins in the century before the birth of Christ, when Roman armies swept through Europe, defeating the native Celtic tribes. Those Celts, who refused to bow down to foreign rule, either died fighting or were driven north and west, eventually finding themselves in the harsh territory of what is now modern Scotland. When the Romans attempted to conquer all of Britain, they were met with fierce resistance by the Scottish Celts. Unable to tame the unruly highlanders, the Romans in 122 A. …

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