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Tanja Bueltmann and Donald M. MacRaild

because the railway employees who set it up had to move on too.15 In 1896, the president also appealed for the lodges not entirely to sever their connections to Canada.16 The outbreak of the Second Anglo-Boer War emphasized this point: not only were some Canadian Sons of England fighting in imperial regiments in Africa, but solidarity was profound, as the war was effectively ‘a lesson in’ it.17 Hence, Sons of England lodges in Canada were active not only in expressing that solidarity verbally, casting the war as a ‘struggle for the maintenance of the common rights and

in The English diaspora in North America
Working-class English associational culture
Tanja Bueltmann and Donald M. MacRaild

prevention of such ‘detriment’ was fundamental to the Sons’ mind-set.175 Within both themes explored ‒ United States ‒ Canadian relations and the complexities of French Canada ‒ one development amplified the situation: the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899–1902). It was a time when some commentators began to wish ‘for the humiliation of the AngloSaxon race and the downfall of the British Empire’,176 while pro-Boer sentiments, for instance as expressed by many a United States journalist, could keep alive ‘the insensate hatred of England … among a large class’.177 The Sons did, of

in The English diaspora in North America
The English since 1800
Donald M. MacRaild

of 1897, Irish Catholic priests once more preached against British power.94 A few years later, both in Ireland and the diaspora, nationalist sympathies evoked a degree of anti-imperial feeling and in South Africa, during the Second Anglo-Boer War, where the Dutch settlers directly resisted the empire, there also was profound hostility. The Irish-American press was powerful, persistent and loud. Patrick Ford, editor of the Irish World and Industrial Liberator, America’s most prominent Irish nationalist newspaper, regularly attacked England’s (that is to say, Britain

in British and Irish diasporas