Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America Quotes.

1. "In such a wild, uncharted place the book of God was vital, for it nourished their spirit and laid boundaries for their conduct. Other subjects simply had no relevance. Trigonometry and calculus would not help them find their way among the mountain trails. Adam Smith's economics were of no consequence in the matter of planting corn and breeding cattle. Nor did they need the essays of Plato or the plays of Shakespeare to teach them how to shoot a rifle, or to make clothes from animal skins, or to clear away the wilderness with their own bare hands."
- James Webb, Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America

2. "The consequence of this reality was that in virtually every major battle of the Civil War, Confederate soldiers who did not own slaves were fighting against a proportion of Union Army soldiers who had not been asked to give theirs up."
- James Webb, Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America

3. "But to tar the sacrifices of the Confederate soldier as simple acts of racism, and reduce the battle flag under which he fought to nothing more than the symbol of a racist heritage, is one of the great blasphemies of our modern age."
- James Webb, Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America

4. "The Northern army was most often run like a business, solving a problem. The Southern army was run like a family, confronting a human crisis."
- James Webb, Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America

5. "They have become spoilers because in their view America’s political elites, both Republican and Democrat, have grown together into an almost indiscernible hybrid royalty that offers them little to choose from in terms of how the nation is actually being governed."
- James Webb, Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America

6. "both tariff rates and domestic charges for the use of railroad freight blatantly discriminated against the South, impeding its ability to grow and compete. The rates charged for shipping goods along the nation’s railways had for decades been rigged to protect Northern markets from Southern goods."
- James Webb, Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America

7. "To them, joining a group and putting themselves at the mercy of someone else’s collectivist judgment makes about as much sense as"
- James Webb, Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America

8. "In a nutshell, over the decades the national policies of the Republicans had raped the region while the actions of many state and local Democrats too often were designed to preserve the assets of a select few at the expense of just about everyone else."
- James Webb, Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America

9. "Radical Reconstruction was an attempt to impose by force the cultures of New England and the midlands upon the coastal and highland south.4"
- James Webb, Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America

10. "Benjamin Franklin had predicted as much nearly a century before, commenting that with the introduction of slavery, the Poor are by this Means deprived of Employment, while a few Families acquire vast Estates; which they spend on Foreign Luxuries, and educating their Children in the Habits of those Luxuries; the same Income is needed for the Support of one that might have maintain’d 100.57"
- James Webb, Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America

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