The 19th century Scots who fought US racism

They married native Americans, learned their language, adopted their lifestyle and fought for their rights. The impact of 19th century Scots on the native tribes of the modern United States is immense and it is common to find native Americans with names such as MacDonald, MacKenzie and Ross. In a new book, Twa Tribes, by Tom Bryan, a Canadian historian living in Scotland, the influence of Scots is examined through the lives of three men from Nairn, Easter Ross and Dunbartonshire. Alexander Ross, Charles MacKenzie and Hugo Reid emigrated and while they made fortunes, they became dedicated to fighting racial injustice. Bryan said: