A Dance Called America

Five programmes in which James Hunter tells the story of translantic emigration from the Highlands of Scotland.

show more detailshow less detail

Episodes

SeriesEpisodeTitleFirst
Broadcast
Comments
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970516]

In Scotland County, North Carolina, the phone book is full of MacLeods, MacLarens and MacNeills, the local Presbyterian college boasts a highly proficient pipe band, and most groceries can be bought at the nearest "Scotchman Store". In this series of five documentaries, historian James Hunter traces the origins of these Caledonian connections and tells the story - not always a happy one - of transatlantic emigration from the Highlands of Scotland.

1: Till a Whole Neighbourhood Is Set Afloat Producer David Jackson Young

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970516]

Unknown: James Hunter

Producer: David Jackson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970523]

2: Glengarry, My Home. Continuing the story of transatlantic emigration from the Highlands of Scotland. James Hunter visits Glengarry County in Ontario, Canada, where less than a century ago the dominant language was Gaelic, and Highland customs still flourish. Producer David Jackson Young MUSIC LIVE 97

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970523]

Unknown: James Hunter

Producer: David Jackson Young

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970530]

Continuing the story of transatlantic emigration from Scotland.

3: Boat People. By the 1840s, the victims of the mass evictions known as the Highland Clearances were travelling to North America in the holds of cargo vessels. Novelist Herman Melville served on board one of those ships as a young sailor. Producer David Jackson Young

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970530]

Unknown: Herman Melville

Producer: David Jackson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970606]

Five programmes in which James Hunter tells the story of transatlantic emigration from Scotland.

4: The Energy Is Here. The settlers who moved to Cape Breton, Canada, felt there was the same "energy in the ground" as they had known in Scotland. Producer David Jackson Young

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970606]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970613]

The last of five programmes in which James Hunter tells the story of transatlantic emigration from Scotland. Angus Maclnnes 's Barber Shop Films like Braveheart and Rob Roy may have stimulated the interest of some young North Americans in their Scottish heritage, but how is Celtic culture to survive in the melting-pot communities of the US and Canada in the late 20th century? Producer David Jackson Young

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970613]

Unknown: James Hunter

Unknown: Rob Roy

Producer: David Jackson

010119970516
010219970523
0103Boat People19970530

By the 1840s, the victims of the mass evictions known as the Highland Clearances were travelling en masse to North America in the holds of decrepit cargo vessels.

Novelist Herman Melville served on board one of those ships as a young sailor.

`We had not been at sea one week, when to hold your head down the hatchway was like holding it down a suddenly opened cesspool.'.

0104The Energy Is Here19970606

The 19th century settlers who moved to Cape Breton felt there was the same `energy in the ground' as they had known in Scotland.

But the land was tough and by 1900 coal mines and steel manufacturing had replaced agriculture at the centre of the island's economy.

Then came the industrial decline.

0105 LASTAngus Macinnes's Barber Shop19970613

Films like `Braveheart' and `Rob Roy' may have stimulated the interest of some young North Americans in their Scottish heritage, but how is Celtic culture to survive in the melting-pot communities of the US and Canada in the late 20th century? Will Angus MacInnes's barber shop still be found on Main Street twenty years from now? James Hunter looks to the future.