Song Of The Emigrant.
By John Baron.
Title:Song of the Emigrant
Publication:The Blackburn Times
Date:July 11, 1863
John Baron’s song offers a vision of emigration as a positive alternative to capitalist exploitation. Canada, New Zealand, and Queensland are portrayed as simple, pastoral places, where the industrial worker might appreciate the natural world and free themselves from the cares of modern life. Bosses and politicians alike are seen as tyrants, preserving their own interests at the expense of working people. The racist tropes present in the third stanza are unfortunately not uncommon in literature of the period, reflecting some of the stereotypes in circulation in Victorian culture. – RM.