William Wilberforce (The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner),William Hague, Harcourt Books, (2007)
William Wilberforce (1759-1833) was one of the most important people in Great Britain in the latter part of the 18th and the first part of the 19th centuries. At the turn of age 20 he became an evangelical Christian. He began a career in Parliament that was to continue for fifty years. As he read and understood the Bible, he began to question whether he should continue in a career in politics. John Newton, the former slave ship captain turned Anglican priest, encouraged Wilberforce to serve the Lord with a career in the Parliament. The heart rending and gripping story of Wilberforce’s effort to secure the outlawing of the slave trade in the British Empire is at the heart of this book. “Yet on this night [23 February 1807] there was one crucial difference, and everyone present knew it. The Bill would be passed, not merely by a small margin but by a huge one; not then passed into oblivion but this time enacted within a few weeks as the law of His Majesty’s Kingdom and all of his Islands, Colonies, Dominions, and Territories. A nation which had transported over three million Africans across the Atlantic and invested vast sums in doing so would, from 1 May that year, outlaw such a trade and declare any vessel fitted out for it to be forfeit. The Royal Navy, the most powerful on earth, which had henceforth protected that trade, would from that day enforce its annihilation.” (From the Prologue) 600 pages Hard Cover.
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