Episodes – Facing Our History – The North American Gael

James Oglethorpe welcomes Scottish Gaels to the Georgia colony

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In the premier episode, we welcome Scottish Gaelic scholar Michael Newton, Ph.D.  We discuss Culloden in the context of the complex intersections between the Gaelic world and British imperialism and settler colonialism, and the responses of Scottish Gaels to colonization and empire here in North America. As we explore the history of the Gaelic struggle for survival, and strive to decolonize Scottish Gaelic history, what insights does that give us for our past and how does it speak to us today?

This episode was aired live online before an audience on Sunday, 18 April 2021.

Culloden Battlefield entrance sign

For Further Reading:

By Dr. Michael Newton, Ph.D

We’re Indians Sure Enough: The Legacy of the Scottish Highlanders in the United States (2001)   (Purchase through The Backcountry Peddler)

Warriors of the Word: The World of the Scottish Highlanders (2nd ed 2019)  

Seanchaidh na Coille / Memory-Keeper of the Forest: Anthology of Scottish Gaelic Literature of Canada (2016)  

Celts in the Americas (2013)    

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