Anglo-Saxonism and the Racialization of the English Diaspora

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This chapter examines the role of Anglo–Saxonism on the racialisation of the English Diaspora in America and Canada. It analyses how modern history professor Goldwin Smith's ideas on Anglo–Saxon superiority and race related to discourses of continental union and imperial federation. It compares nature of Canadian and American identity to determine the role of Anglo–Saxonism as a trope of English ethnicity. This chapter also considers how Canada's political position within the North American and British imperial contexts was framed by means of divergent appropriations of Anglo–Saxonism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLocating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010
Place of PublicationLiverpool
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012


  • English diaspora
  • racialization
  • Anglo–Saxonism

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