Historian’s Forum: Ulster Scots Migrations in Early America
Saturday, July 17, 9:30 am – 12 pm ET
For generations, the Ulster Scots were a people on the move. From their home in the Scottish Lowlands, these Presbyterians ventured first to Ulster, and then across the Atlantic, where they carved out lives in Britain’s North American colonies, including what became the state of Maine. By the American Revolution, 200,000 Ulster Scots had crossed the sea. Their story is one of rich contrasts. Religious dissidents who struggled for acceptance in an empire ruled by the English, the Ulster Scots also helped expand the bounds of that same empire as soldiers and colonizers at the expense of local Irish and Native Americans.
In North America, the Ulster Scots had a profound influence in shaping the culture and politics of the British colonies and their borderlands. They built towns, farms, and churches, and at different times married, traded with and made war on their new neighbors.
This special Historian’s Forum features a conversation with two eminent historians of the Ulster Scots experience in Early America. Host Ian Saxine (MHS Coordinator, Historian’s Forum) will speak with Patrick Griffin (University of Notre Dame) and T.H. Breen (University of Vermont) about the Ulster Scots migrations, with a particular focus on what brought them to Maine and New England, and what their experiences can tell us about religion, community, war, empire, and globalization in the colonial era. Beginning with a moderated discussion with Saxine, the program concludes with Griffin and Breen responding to questions from the audience.
Cost: Free and open to the public, registration required.
Location: online via Zoom