A little look into the rich history of rednecks.
From hunting squirrels to running whiskey Rednecks have made their mark in American history books. Rednecks are as much a part of American history as is the Civil War, the White House, and George Washington.
The first American Rednecks were most likely a group of poor country immigrants from the Scotland and Ireland territories.
Shunned by mainstream Americans as too low cultured to be associated with, these immigrants did whatever it took to survive in the tough American backwoods, and survive they did.
So did the term Redneck actually originate back in Scottish history?
Although there is some confusion as to exactly where the term Redneck originated, it is believed that the term Red neck may have began in Scotland around 1643.
During The First English Civil War Protestant leaders within the English Parliament recruited the Scots to aide in their battle against the Royalist Army. A deal, or covenant, was struck which was to allow the Scotts to maintain their Presbyterian religion rather than be forced to join in with The Church of England.
The terms of the agreement were drawn up, and signed, by those Scotts who agreed to fight for England in exchange for maintaining their own religious rights. The term Red neck was applied largely to Scottish lowland Presbyterians who signed the Solemn League and Covenant: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solemn_League_and_Cov... in their own blood and then afterwords proudly wore their bloodied kerchief around their neck.
When the Civil War did not go in their favor the Covenant between the Scots and the English Parliament was torn up. Many of the Scottish dissenters then fled to nearby Ireland and carried with them the nickname of Red Neck.
Quality wood chandelier: Redneck decor style.
Antlers once shed are always available to pick up and use in a variety of home decor projects. If you lived in the country you made good use of most everything that you found out there and antlers were prime for the taking.
This chandelier is a magnificent example of how beautiful natural decor items can be.
Strongly proud and influenced by tradition.
There is a reason why modern Rednecks stand tall with pride today. Redneck history is as colorful as any other out there. Not to be set back by attitudes toward them, these country woodsmen hunted, hooted, hollered, and brazenly shot their way into becoming an integral part of early American history.
Country folk appreciate the beauty in the wildlife that live around them. These creatures depend upon the rural lifestyle as much as do rural people.
Rednecks in America.
The term "Redneck" in America all started back in the 17th and 18th centuries with the arrival of a group of hardworking immigrants of Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. These country immigrants were largely common folk looking for a better way of life for themselves and for their families. So they came to settle in America.
The term Red neck should have been used to identify only the Scottish dissenters from England, but the term Redneck instead became a derogatory title used to describe all of the newly arriving class of poor white immigrants.
Shunned, and considered too "uncultured" to be absorbed into mainstream America, these newly arrived immigrants were encouraged to settle in the Appalachian and Ozark mountain areas where they could act as a human shield against the Indian Nations that also resided there.
They learned to trust only those individuals who were loyal to them. This group of people was generally their kin folk, a few close friends, and their bordering neighbors.
Rednecks in America
Life was difficult in the Southern Appalachian and Ozark mountain regions but the newly arrived immigrants settled in and did whatever they felt was necessary to insure their survival.
Shunned by their American comrades they were forced to rely only on themselves and other immigrant neighbors for their survival in this new land. Rednecks ate basically whatever it was that they could hunt, pick, or grow from within the surrounding countryside.
Rednecks dined on squirrel, possum, fish, deer, moose, elk, and even bear if it wandered their way. From hunting squirrels to running whiskey Rednecks made their mark in American history books.
Being a Redneck now took on a somewhat twisted means to recognition. Most of the working poor spent long hours outdoors hunting and farming so were easily distinguishable by the reddened skin on their face, neck, and hands.
Looked down upon by middle and upper white class Americans the term "Redneck" soon became a term that was used in a derogatory tone to describe the majority of all the poorer lower class white peoples of America.
Living in the backwoods wasn't always easy.
A true welcome in country style. A light to greet you and a great big hearty black bear welcome.
When you live in the deep woods you have more than a few critters to deal with.
Rednecks are often depicted as being very backwoods or simple in nature.
Redneck's and the American wars.
Although mistrustful of government bureaucracy, during the War of 1812, the Texas Revolution, the Civil War and the Mexican-American War, rednecks volunteered for duty at a much higher rate than other Americans.
This class of poor white country people had a very strong fighting spirit, and they showed it by fighting, and dying at much higher rates than their upper class American counterparts.
So exactly who or what is a Redneck?
Although the first Rednecks were lower class white immigrants, over time color barriers faded away, and the sun reddened skin on a persons face and neck could no longer be used to identify a Redneck.
The defining characteristic for the term 'Redneck' slowly evolved to be representative of the distinct reputation and attitude of a person. The modern day Redneck can now be from any race, sex, religion or class, and is identified only by his or her distinctive attitude and lifestyle.
The modern day Rednecks of course still being best known for their outspoken, and often times embarrassing, swearing, gambling, drinking, hard working and hell raising way of life.
Redneck: A proud ingredient of American history
An essential part of American history, Rednecks have come to be known as an indispensable and fiercely proud component of the American population.
This courtesy of the rednecks of yesteryear, who through their hard work and independent attitudes, paved a gentler pathway for modern day Rednecks to walk today.