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  • Actors: Hosted and Narrated by Senator James Webb
  • Directors: Grace Chapman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008JLETGS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,218 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Born Fighting honors the men and women who fought for independence in the wilds of Scotland, battled for their faith in Ireland and ultimately, brought their values, culture and fighting spirit to early America.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By PAT on October 11, 2012
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Several times I have watched this documentary on the Smithsonian Channel and each time I knew that whenever it became available, I would purchase it. I have the book written by Mr. Webb and now with the DVD, I can show my grandchildren what kind of people the Scotch-Irish were and are today. I am pleased to number myself in that group and recommend this DVD to everyone who has an interest in these people. Their contributions to the world stage were remarkable and the effect they had on American History is laudable. Until I saw this, I really did not appreciate what it meant to be Scotch-Irish.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Faber F. Mcmullen on August 24, 2012
This is one of the most informative historical videos I have ever seen in my life. I watched a copy of it one night on Youtube and could not stop watching it. It answers so many questions about the making of America by my people, the Scots-Irish. I am pre-ordering it immediately.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CarolMack on August 29, 2012
Sen. Webb's "Born Fighting" is good history - a part of our culture
ignored by most historians, yet such an important part of our history, and still a very big part of who we are. High marks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Susan E. Thompson on February 28, 2013
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I loved this dvd which celebrates the important role of the Scots-Irish in the early history of America as well as the many of their descendants who have contributed greatly. This ethic heritage is seldom mentioned let alone celebrated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By neet on June 12, 2014
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Read the book first and decided to order the DVD also ,so that I could share it with family members who may not have wanted to read the book,. Extremely informative, though I already knew some of these historical facts. After watching this DVD you will understand the tenacity of the Scottish people. The hundred of years that they endured brutality from Britain certainly explains how they became the prideful people they are today and I, for one, am grateful that they were able to preserve much of their culture. My ancestors from Ulster County were among the group that emigrated to America in the 1700's and settled in Appalachia. As a youngster . many of my relatives thought erroneously, that we were of Irish descent but after reading Mr. Webb's book , as well as a few others, I have since learned of our Scottish heritage and our relocation to Ireland. I am thankful that authors such as Mr. Webb have taken the time to bring to light the facts surrounding my ancestry. Proud to be Scots- Irish !!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Teddeler on December 9, 2012
To give Senator Webb credit, I was not aware of the Scots-Irish as a group until I came across this documentary. The realization that the troubles in Ireland was caused by Scottish settlement in Ireland came as something of a revelation. I've always heard the Troubles portrayed as Catholic Irish versus Protestant Irish while, apparently, it's more like Catholic Irish versus Protestant English/Scottish (though they've lived in Ireland so long they probably consider themselves Irish, I don't know - please don't take offense if you're Irish, I'm just trying to sort these things out in my head).

At any rate, this is a corner of history I had never heard about and found it fascinating, but I think it could have been told better. Senator Webb failed to mention that the migration of the Scots from Ireland to Scotland was not voluntary - they lost a war and got kicked off the island (some jokingly say they were kicked out for being too violent but the fact that they lost would indicate they were less violent than the Irish at that time). When it came to Ulster, I got a bit muddled about which King/Queen/Lord Protectorate was attacking/tyrannizing them at any given point and for what reason. After the American Revolution, I think Senator Webb missed a trick by not talking about the Whiskey Rebellion, which was heavily influenced by the Scotch-Irish. In talking about the American Civil War, Senator Webb does say that they fought on both sides but then talks as if the Southern part was the part of the Scots-Irish. He also goes on to bemoan the seventy years following the Civil War as one of poverty and lesser educational facilities for the South. That's as may be but it's not the story of the Scots-Irish.
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Makes me proud of my heritage! Thoroughly documents the historical background and goes on to include many personal and family anecdotes.
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