My parents moved from the deep south of the Arkansas delta, an area now overwhelmingly black, to northern Arkansas, so I and my siblings would have a better future.

When America balkanizes, some areas of the former United States may no longer be tenable, at least initially, for Whites. Those who say that they will not yield an in inch of soil or retreat to Whiter areas are courageous and noble. However, they forget that all of their ancestors left their homelands, places steeped in generations of identarian culture, heritage, and history, or else they would not be where they are, today.

Some moved from Norway, Denmark, and Germany to England, Scotland, and Ireland, and from there to the East Coast of America, and from there to wherever they are now, always willing to do what was in the best interests of their children’s futures, recognizing that the genes which they carried with them mattered more than the geography they left behind.

This painting, and the historical event it depicts, should remind us all of our proper priorities, in honor of our ancestors who made a new world for us wherever they went.

The painting above is by English artist Ford Madox Brown, (b. 1821). Painted in 1855, and titled ‘The Last of England,’ it depicts an English emigrant couple as they leave their homeland. This could represent many of the English who left their country to come to America, though in fact it is based on friends of the artist who left in 1855 for Australia.

I like Madox Brown’s work; this painting is a favorite of mine, and not just because of the ‘story’ it depicts — the obviously sad couple departing England for an unfamiliar new home across the sea — but because it vividly portrays the emotions of the young couple as they leave.

Most of our English forebears left their homeland because they felt compelled to — they lacked freedom to worship, and were escaping persecution, or they lacked economic opportunity, as with many of the ‘second sons’ of the gentry who emigrated to the colonies. My Virginia ancestors fell into the latter category.

Whichever reason compelled many of the emigrants to leave, I am sure they didn’t leave with the intent of forgetting their homeland or their origins and heritage. I am sure they would want us, their descendants, to honor that as well.

The Old Inheritance

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The painting above is by English artist Ford Madox Brown, (b. 1821). Painted in 1855, and titled ‘The Last of England,’ it depicts an English emigrant couple as they leave their homeland. This could represent many of the English who left their country to come to America, though in fact it is based on friends of the artist who left in 1855 for Australia.

I like Madox Brown’s work; this painting is a favorite of mine, and not just because of the ‘story’ it depicts — the obviously sad couple departing England for an unfamiliar new home across the sea — but because it vividly portrays the emotions of the young couple as they leave.

Most of our English forebears left their homeland because they felt compelled to — they lacked freedom to worship, and were escaping persecution, or they lacked economic opportunity, as with many of the ‘second sons’…

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