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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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The Affinity Scot

The Affinity Scot

(p.261) Part VI The Affinity Scot
Frederick Douglass and Scotland, 1846

Alasdair Pettinger

Edinburgh University Press

Douglass plays with the language of kinship, in particular to claim a kind of fictive Scottish ancestry, even if the mediaeval nobles whose name he adopts don’t exactly epitomise the values he seeks to promote. The chapter reads this gesture in relation to the ways in which contemporary Scottish-American ethnic identities are often articulated in the United States and explores how Douglass is remembered today amid renewed interest in how Scotland’s history has been shaped by transatlantic slavery and the struggle for emancipation.

Keywords:   ancestry, ethnicity, identity, kinship, memory

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