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Frederick Douglass and Scotland, 1846Living an Antislavery Life$
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Alasdair Pettinger

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474444255

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474444255.001.0001

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Dark, Polluted Gold

Dark, Polluted Gold

(p.31) Part II Dark, Polluted Gold
Frederick Douglass and Scotland, 1846

Alasdair Pettinger

Edinburgh University Press

Outlines the main issue that dominated Douglass’s speeches in Scotland in 1846: the campaign to persuade the Free Church of Scotland to return the funds it had raised from pro-slavery churches in the United States. Learning valuable lessons as a tactician and sharpening his oratorical skills, Douglass made the campaign his own, supported by antislavery networks in Scotland, especially the Glasgow Emancipation Society. But the potentially corrupting power of money preoccupied the abolitionists in other ways too. Some of his fellow-campaigners expressed concerns about Douglass’s own financial circumstances, worried that he might be ‘bought’ by rival organisations. Others were particularly upset at his consenting to the solicitation of contributions that were used to purchase his freedom. Douglass responded with robust justifications of his conduct. The chapter closes by assessing the impact of his lectures on his audiences, focusing on two women who recorded their impressions in private correspondence.

Keywords:   Free Church of Scotland, Freedom, Glasgow Emancipation Society, money, oratory, religion

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