Paisley in Scotland was a centre for agitation against the slave trade. By 1792, a third of all petitions against slavery sent to parliament came from Scotland.
Although women didn’t have a voice in society at the time, behind the scenes they played a significant role in the abolitionist campaign, organising petitions and boycotting sugar produced by slaves.
The clip could lead to discussion of Scotland’s place in the abolitionist movement. The clip provided useful examples leading students to look at artefacts as historical evidence. Discuss the extent to which the growing engagement of the working class and women in politics and reform was a factor in progress to abolition.