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Frederick Douglass and Scotland, 1846: Living an Antislavery Life

Alasdair Pettinger


Frederick Douglass (1818–95) was not the only fugitive from American slavery to visit Scotland before the Civil War, but he was the best known and his impact was far-reaching. In 1846 his stunning oratory drew enthusiastic crowds from Ayr to Aberdeen who came to hear him promote his new autobiography and deliver the abolitionist message. Although the main part of the book is framed by accounts of the racist discrimination Douglass faced on both his outward and return sea voyages, it does not offer a chronological narrative of his speaking engagements in Scotland. Rather, each of the three cent ... More

Keywords: abolitionism, antislavery, Douglass, racism, Scotland, transatlantic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474444255
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474444255.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alasdair Pettinger, author