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Our Life Blood Ebbs Away: A Plea for Continental Union

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Title:Our Life Blood Ebbs Away: A Plea for Continental Union
Machar, Agnes Maule  Writing under the pseudonym: Fidelis   
(3 of 3 for author by title)
Marjorie's Canadian Winter -- A Story of the Northern Lights
Published:   1893
Tags:Canadiana, non-fiction, poetry

Twenty years of almost continuous economic recession in Canada had made economic co-operation between the United States and Canada a far more pressing issue than it had seemed in the early days of MacDonald’s National Policy, which had promised an economic security that did not materialize. Some commentators even advocated economic union between the U.S. and Canada, and Machar herself wrote Our Life Blood Ebbs Away: A Plea for Continental Union (1893), a broadside poem promoting continental free trade (though not, as the subtitle suggests, full annexation as recommended by Goldwin Smith in his 1891 Canada and the Canadian Question). [Suggest a different description.]


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Agnes Maule Machar (23 January 1837 – 24 January 1927) was a Canadian author and social reformer.

Machar was a prolific writer. Her first published book, Faithful Unto Death, was a memorial to a janitor at Queen's, published in 1859. Her 1870 novel, Katie Johnstone's Cross, won the Campbell's Prize (offered by Toronto publisher James Campbell and Son), and she won the same prize again the next year for Lucy Raymond. In 1874 she received another prize, this time for For King and Country, awarded by The Canadian Monthly and National Review; the novel is probably her best known work. Writing under her own name, and the pseudonym Fidelis, Machar published at least eight novels, a biography of her father, and many poems and essays. An anthology of her poetry, Lays of the "True North" and Other Canadian Poems was published in 1899, and she coauthored six historical works.--Wikipedia.

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