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Course Description

Thousands of families emigrated from the Scottish Highlands to Cape Fear in the Carolinas between the 1730s and early 1800s. There is still a high density of people of Scottish Highland ancestry in the region, but more fantasy than fact pervades the popular imagination about their heritage. The popularity of the "Outlander" book and TV series has brought renewed attention to this ethnic strand in our national story, but many historical and cultural questions remain unanswered. This course will help students understand who Scottish Highlanders were as a people in Scotland, the daily lives of clans-folk in the Highlands, the circumstances of the subjugation of Highland society and emigration to the Carolinas, and the issues around the representation of Scottish Highland heritage today. | Lecture (plus questions); Facilitated discussion; Viewing videos
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