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Ian Whyte, Zachary Macaulay 1768–1838: the steadfast Scot in the British anti-slavery movement

Ian Whyte, Zachary Macaulay 1768–1838: the steadfast Scot in the British anti-slavery movement Reviews DANIEL RITCHIE Zachary Macaulay 1768–1838: the steadfast Scot in the British anti-slavery movement. By Iain Whyte. Pp. 263. ISBN: 978-1846316968. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. 2011. £65.00. ‘Send back the money!’: the Free Church of Scotland and American slavery. By Iain Whyte. Pp. 175. ISBN: 978- 0227173893. Cambridge: James Clarke & Co. 2012. £19.50. In 2006 Iain Whyte published his ground-breaking volume, Scotland and the abolition of black slavery, 1756-1838 (Edinburgh University Press). Following on from this, Dr Whyte has recently published two additional monographs which further illuminate the study of Scottish involvement with antislavery. The first being a biography of one of British abolitionism’s most important figures, the second is an account of an ecclesiastical tragedy which undermined the cause of abolition within the United States. Dr Whyte’s biography of Zachary Macaulay is a significant addition to the historiography of British antislavery if for no other reason than that evangelical involvement in the abolitionist movement has at times been ignored or explained in terms that can best be described as crudely reductionist. Hence the assumption has sometimes been made that the abolitionists were religious fanatics who lacked any real interest in genuine philanthropy (pp 243–4). Another problem with http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Scottish Church History Edinburgh University Press

Ian Whyte, Zachary Macaulay 1768–1838: the steadfast Scot in the British anti-slavery movement

Scottish Church History , Volume 42 (1): 9 – Jun 1, 2013

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Reviews DANIEL RITCHIE Zachary Macaulay 1768–1838: the steadfast Scot in the British anti-slavery movement. By Iain Whyte. Pp. 263. ISBN: 978-1846316968. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. 2011. £65.00. ‘Send back the money!’: the Free Church of Scotland and American slavery. By Iain Whyte. Pp. 175. ISBN: 978- 0227173893. Cambridge: James Clarke & Co. 2012. £19.50. In 2006 Iain Whyte published his ground-breaking volume, Scotland and the abolition of black slavery, 1756-1838 (Edinburgh University Press). Following on from this, Dr Whyte has recently published two additional monographs which further illuminate the study of Scottish involvement with antislavery. The first being a biography of one of British abolitionism’s most important figures, the second is an account of an ecclesiastical tragedy which undermined the cause of abolition within the United States. Dr Whyte’s biography of Zachary Macaulay is a significant addition to the historiography of British antislavery if for no other reason than that evangelical involvement in the abolitionist movement has at times been ignored or explained in terms that can best be described as crudely reductionist. Hence the assumption has sometimes been made that the abolitionists were religious fanatics who lacked any real interest in genuine philanthropy (pp 243–4). Another problem with

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