Scotland’s Debt: The Impact of the Slave Trade on the Nation’s Wealth
Scots have often salved their consciences over slavery by explaining it as an English phenomenon; only a handful of ships left Scotland for the triangular trade and it barely registers in comparison to cities like Liverpool and Bristol. Yet this history needs to be challenged. Slavery provided a huge number of jobs for Scots and money flowed from Scottish-owned plantations back to the home country. In this session, three of Scotland’s leading activists on reparative justice will analyse the debt that Scotland owes to the transatlantic slave trade. Graham Campbell, Sir Geoff Palmer and Lisa Williams are speaking.