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Review of Recovering Scotland's Slavery Past

by David Alston - 16:23 on 12 October 2015

From review article in the Herald (Saturday, 10 October 2015) by Rosemary Goring:

Recovering Scotland’s Slavery Past is an illuminating marvel . . . The paramount truth to emerge from the essays . . . is that this little country was a big player in a hellish business . . . Can we impose present attitudes on the past? If the alternative is acceptance, complicity follows. Scots in the slave trade might not have thought twice about their treatment of “livestock”. They might never have questioned racism, or doubted their right to exploit another human. They might have put their faith in God, work and enterprise. Every page of a book calculated to shatter assumptions and presumptions says this: they knew better. And we should know.

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