Ulster Sails West

Ulster Sails West

W.G. Lyttle

In 1943, coinciding with the arrival of thousands of GIs in Ulster as part of the preparations for the invasion of Europe, WF Marshall published Ulster Sails West which chronicled the 18th-century Ulster-Scots emigration to North America. It described their crucial role in the American War of Independence and the formation and expansion the American republic that in the 1940s was on the threshold of becoming one of the emerging New World Order’s two global superpowers.

Marshall’s book reveals the extensive influence of the Ulster-Scots in ecclesiastical, educational, legal, political and agricultural spheres. Among those identified are Rev Francis Makemie, the father of American Presbyterianism; Cyrus McCormick, the inventor of the reaping machine; Samuel Morse, the pioneer of the electro-magnetic telegraph and the code which bears his name. Pre-eminent in the world of politics were Andrew Jackson and Ulysses S. Grant, 7th and 18th Presidents of the United States respectively.

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