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Fri Sep 20, 2013, 11:39 AM

17. Want to know the real reason?

A lot of people in Appalachia just don't put any importance on their ancestry. When I grew up, I had no concept of "ancestry." Sure, I knew the Europeans came over, etc, etc. But nobody put any importance on it. Nobody went around saying "I'm Irish" or "I'm Italian." An Irish person was born and raised in Ireland to us. Born and raised in America? Well, you're an American. I didn't know my last name was Scottish until I moved to the Philadelphia area and someone told me it was. I just never cared.

To be quite honest, I find it incredibly odd that people on the East Coast put so much emphasis on where their great great great grandparents came from.

If you read Jim Webb's book about the American Scots-Irish, Born Fighting, he actually explains this mentality a lot.

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