William wondered how anyone was supposed to battle slavery. After all, King George III and the Church of England both had large amounts of money invested in trade with the West Indies. And a large number of bishops sat in the House of Lords. William shook his head. This was a much bigger fight than he felt capable of taking on.
For 200 years British slave ships plied the Middle Passage, taking African men, women, and children to their doom. Ending slavery in the mighty British Empire seemed like an impossible dream, but once William Wilberforce resolved to represent the abolitionists in Parliament, he would fight to the bitter end - for nearly half a century - to achieve that goal.
Together with a community of dynamic reformers, Wilberforce struggled to rid his nation of evil and to give dignity and freedom to all people - slave and slave trader, poor and powerful. His example continues to inspire others to use their gifts and influence to do good against the odds. (1759-1833).
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17th Century Heretic
This is a useful and well written introduction to Wilberforce and his lifelong struggle to abolish slavery, starting with the British slave trade. Characterisation and the account of events seems a bit simple. But Its a thorough narrative, telling the story in human terms through Wilberforce's life. Authors appear to be American and book is certainly read by one. He does a decent posh English accent but his attempts at regional Yorkshire accent quite humourous.
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