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It’s time to introduce tumblr to the #AmericanNations. For this subject given the treatment it deserves, I refer you to https://jaymans.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/more-maps-of-the-american-nations/

I’ve been wondering – if we’re supposed to believe that the South and Appalachia are violent/uneducated/poor because they’re Scots-Irish, how come neither Scotland nor Ireland is either of those things (to the same degree)?

I can answer this! The Scots-Irish population was not a general sample of the Scottish population, but came from a specific group living on the Anglo-Scottish border, who were neither English or Scottish in particular, but shared a common culture of lawlessness, clannishness and blood feuds, and repeated raids and invasions by the government on both sides, which all resulted in a heritage of extreme militarism and general inability to engage in the usual civilisational norms of both countries, alongside various forms of fundamentalist Protestantism. Their migration to Northern Ireland during the Plantation of Ulster resulted in the current Ulster Protestant population, with people like Ian Paisley and the violence of the Troubles being the long-term outcome. On the other side of the Atlantic, Andrew Jackson and George Patton were the result, as well the genocide of the Native Americans of the South.

That’s really interesting. Is the theory that this is a stable cultural factor, or that the Borderers had time to evolve genes separate from the main Scottish population?