Remembering the African Rifles, Chinese settlers, Hawaiians, Orkney Islanders & the rest. Reposting from a year ago today. Because I'm supposed to be taking a bit of a holiday. Back next week.
Worst prime minister in Canadian history. Hands down.
Very interesting read! Thank you.
Re the African Rifles, I've been looking into my home town, St.Catharines' involvement in Black history. The Niagara region included Black freedmen who were American Revolutionary War veterans ( on the British side) among its first settlers. Upper Canada passed anti slavery legislation in the 1790s, leaving existing slaves in place but freeing their children at age 25. A Negro Corps was created in the War of 1812 of Niagara Blacks eager to resist the invasion by slave- owning Americans.
ST. Catharines' Black population grew to 700 as the Underground Railway brought many escaped slaves there from the 1820s to the Civil War. During the building of the Welland Canal, the Negro Corps was revived to police the rowdy Irish workers, in an interesting parallel to Victoria's African Rifles.
Thank you, Terry! Great read. I think you should publish this at least annually, if not more often.
There seems to be no degree of abasement that the PM will not indulge in in his attempts at virtue signalling. Hopefully we can do something about it when we have the next federal election.
In case Terry's remarks have piqued readers' interest in O'Hagan's Tay John: I got my (used) copy for just 3.99 through Russell Books in Victoria, a little over a year ago. I checked their inventory online and I see they still have a couple of copies, one for 3.99 and a different edition for 9.99.
Needs to be widely shared.
Another terrific piece.
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Great analysis. Thanks for the stimulating and enjoyable read !
This, alone, is worth the price of admission. Thank you.