God's politician

Title God's politician
William Wilberforce's struggle
Author Garth Lean
Publication Darton, Longman & Todd
Size XII, 180p
Language ENG ENG
ISBN 0232515050
Topics Biography--Politics (ministers, MPs, essayists etc.)
Biography--Peace, civil & human rights activists
Slavery--Law and legislation
Wilberforce, William (Engl.MP, abolitionist, 1759-1833)
Notes a British politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. A native of Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, he began his political career in 1780, eventually becoming an independent Member of Parliament (MP) for Yorkshire (1784–1812). In 1785, he became an evangelical Christian, which resulted in major changes to his lifestyle and a lifelong concern for reform. In 1787, he came into contact with Thomas Clarkson and a group of anti-slave-trade activists, including Granville Sharp, Hannah More and Charles Middleton. They persuaded Wilberforce to take on the cause of abolition, and he soon became one of the leading English abolitionists. He headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade for twenty years until the passage of the Slave Trade Act of 1807.
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