Women in Scotland joined fight against black slavery

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Radical women in Scotland and America mobilised in the 1840s to campaign for an end to black slavery in America.

This 'transatlantic sisterhood' is the subject of a free one-day seminar at the National Library of Scotland in October. 'Women on the platform' tells of the part that Scotswomen played in the radical network, including how they:

  • Campaigned against the Free Church of Scotland taking money from slave-owning presbyteries.
  • Invited prominent American abolitionists to Scotland, such as fugitive slave Frederick Douglass and the author of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin', Harriet Beecher Stowe.
  • Exposed the clandestine activities of Confederate agents in Scotland and supported President Lincoln's cause during the American Civil War.
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USS Atlanta, a Clyde-built ferry turned
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After slavery was abolished the network switched to other social injustices affecting women, including the right to vote.

The seminar on 31 October lasts from 9.30am-3.30pm and includes lunch. To book a free place, or for more details, phone 0131 623 4675 or email events@nls.uk.

25 September 2008

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