Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

From the Highlands to High Finance: The Carolina McColls

Academic journal article The Journal of Southern History

From the Highlands to High Finance: The Carolina McColls

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From the Highlands to High Finance: The Carolina McColls. By Suzanne Cameron Linder Hurley. (Davidson, N.C.: Lorimer Press, 2011. Pp. [xiv], 248. $45.00, ISBN 978-0-9838936-0-8.)

From the Highlands to High Finance: The Carolina McColls is an extremely ambitious book, tracing the history of a large and active North Carolina family from their Scottish roots to the present, and providing a rich narrative of the family's business and community activities through various generations and assorted connections within an extended kin network. The McColl family includes a number of individuals who made significant contributions to the economic development of the New South as well as individuals whose lives are interesting in their own right. Suzanne Cameron Linder Hurley is well equipped to deal with these challenges, having written or edited a number of books on a variety of topics in Carolina history, including two collections of letters exchanged between members of the McColl family during their courtships. Her familiarity with both the region's and the McColls' general history comes through repeatedly and is a great strength of the volume. Lorimer Press has produced a very attractive, well-illustrated volume that makes good use of sidebars. However, From the Highlands to High Finance is not a coffee-table book but a solidly researched, well-written work that contributes a great deal to our understanding of migration to the American colonies from Scotland and the lives of those settlers in their new homes.

Among the strengths of this book is its focus on family and how the McColls in particular responded to changes in their social and cultural environment over a long period. …

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