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The Scots-Irish in the Hills of Tennessee (Scots-Irish Chronicles) Paperback – December 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: Scots-Irish Chronicles
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Causeway Press (December 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898787468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898787464
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Billy Kennedy, a native of County Armagh, Northern Ireland, has been a leading journalist for the past thirty years, occupying the roles of news editor, assistant editor, and leader writer for the Belfast News Letter, the primary morning newspaper in Northern Ireland. He is now a freelance journalist, author, and public relations consultant, combining news, features, business, and sports coverage in Northern Ireland for the national press and media outlets in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. On his regular visits to the United States, he lectures on the subject of the Scots-Irish diaspora at universities, colleges, historical and genealogical societies and public authorities in cities and towns of the southeastern American states.

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Customer Reviews

It didn't go far enough into those details for me.
Mossie
Much other information is inaccurate as well, so this book cannot be trusted by genealogists or anyone else.
Michael B. Montgomery
I already owned an earlier copy of the book, and the recipient was very pleased to also have a copy.
edna

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By M. Kei on September 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
A tedious and self-serving paean to the Scotch-Irish of the American frontier. Billy Kennedy has a knack for recycling his own material and presents us nothing new, he simply trots out the usual vainglorious accounts of the American frontier and a few of the more famous people of Scotch-Irish descent who lived there.
My great grandmother always told us that we were "Part Scotch-Irish, part Indian, and a little bit French," so I bought this book hoping I would learn something about this aspect of my heritage, but I didn't. For the reader who wants to learn real history and not just a parade of famous names, a book like The Great Wagon Road gives a much more honest and balanced look at the Scotch-Irish and other settlers of the Appalachian frontier. The Great Wagon Road, firmly buttressed by facts, gives real insight into the conditions and challenges faced by our ancestors. For a more detailed look at a microcosm of the frontier, a work like Carolina Cradle traces in excruciating detail the settlers of the northwestern Carolina frontier. There are any number of good solid history books treating the Appalachian frontier in general and the Scotch-Irish in particular, so skip the works of Billy Kennedy.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 2000
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I found this book to be very informative. It provides some information genealogically and describes the historical perspective of the region. I bought both the Carolinas and the Tennessee book and found that there was repetition. Therefore, I recommend buying one book on the Scotch-Irish written by Mr. Kennedy. I preferred the Carolinas book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. Montgomery on January 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is attractive, but it has many flaws in content and in many ways is just plain sloppy -- poorly written and poorly edited. The author has no notes, so it is very difficult to tell his sources unless they are from very well known individuals (generals, religious leaders, etc.), and when one compares the original words of these people with what Kennedy quotes them as saying, one finds that Kennedy often misquotes them. Much other information is inaccurate as well, so this book cannot be trusted by genealogists or anyone else. The book is full of statements like "Davy Crockett was elected to represent Tennessee in the White House" (no, he was elected to Congress) that show that the author either wrote too quickly or did not have anyone review his work or worse. Too bad, because the subject matter has great appeal.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeri J. Steele on August 8, 2001
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If you have ever wondered if your Tennessee ancestor was Scots-Irish, then this book will answer some of your questions. The book is an easy read and one I will be recommending to the relatives that want to know why ancestors left Scotland, went to Ireland and ended up in the colonies. Especially interesting for those wanting a nice-to-read book is the treatment of well known people like Daniel Boone, Sam Houston, TN Gov. Blount., and others. If you want a comprehensive treatment for further research, then this is probably not the book for you. I found Mr. Kennedy to be very entertaining while delivering excellent summaries of genealogical and historical information.
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