Senator James Webb traces the early battles and evolving personality quirks of a group in Scotland that, centuries later, would help forge the American spirit. After decades resisting Roman invasions, tens of thousands of Scots fled to Northern Ireland, part of a British plan to settle land taken from the Irish. Ulster Plantation would be no paradise, but the ferocious battles with the English and native Irish would create in the Ulster Scots a skill set and psychology uniquely designed for the frontier. They would harden them for the voyage ahead, to a new land with a new promise, America.
Air Date: Apr 10, 2011