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Scotland and the Abolition of Black Slavery, 1756-1838

Iain Whyte


Although much has been written about Scottish involvement in slavery, the contribution of Scots to the abolition of black slaves has not yet been sufficiently recognised. This book starts with a Virginian slave seeking his freedom in Scotland in 1756 and end with the abolition of the Apprenticeship Scheme in the West Indian colonies in 1838. Contemporary documents and periodicals reveal a groundswell of revulsion to what was described as ‘the horrible traffic in humans.’ Petitions to Parliament came from remote islands as well as from large public meetings in cities. In a land steeped in relig ... More

Keywords: Slavery, Scotland, History, Abolition, Black

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780748624324
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624324.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Iain Whyte, author