25 - Coming to Upper Canada: "Poor Laws" & Assisted Emigration


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In which we discuss migration to Upper Canada in the 1830s through the Petworth Emigration scheme, poetry by Alexander McLachlan, and letters from those who immigrated to the country! We even talk about superheroes and Thanos because... well... just listen and you'll see. We let our socialism loose against terrible British policy on this one!


Sources & Further Reading:

  • Assisting Emigration to Upper Canada : The Petworth Project, 1832-1837. Edited by Wendy Cameron and Mary Maude, McGill-Queens University Press, 2000, 354 p.
  • Bentley, D.M.R. "Alexander McLachlan: The Emigrant," Mimic Fires : Accounts of Early Long Poems on Canada, McGill-Queens University Press, 1994, pp. 248-271.
  • English Immigrant Voices, Labourers' Letters from Upper Canada in the 1830s. Edited by Wendy Cameron, Sheila Haines, and Mary Maude, McGill-Queens University Press, 2009, 471 p.
  • Kamboureli, Smaro. “The Archeology of the Long Poem.” On the Edge of Genre, University of Toronto Pres, 1991.
  • McLachlan, Alexander. 'The Emigrant,' The Emigrant and Other Poems, 2012 (1861).
  • Malthusianism
  • Digital copy of the 1834 Poor Law Commission

Find the transcribed letters here.


Check out this great independent poetry anthology, 'Isolated Together', right here.

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