Concerns at Home, Concerns Abroad: Irish and English Political Ephemera in Southern Ontario

International Journal of Historical Archaeology, Vol. 20 no. 4 (2016)
Katherine L. Hull
International Journal of Historical Archaeology

Four unusual artifacts reflecting an unambiguous connection with a particular politician or political movement have recently been recovered from archaeological sites in Southern Ontario. These items reflect socio-political issues from the homelands of immigrant families. Politically charged items carry meaning for the user and also serve to forge bonds and create divisions within the community. Recently discovered artifacts relating to the Irish Repeal movement and the British Great Reform Act of 1832 provide examples.