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Image: Portrait of William Wilberforce. William Wilberforce

1759-1883

Willliam Wilberforce also founded the SPCA: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

"Can you tell a plain man the road to heaven?  Certainly;  turn at once to the right, then go straight forward."
-William Wilberforce

Image: Wilberforce introduces bills outlawing the slave trade to Parliament.

Image: Wilberforce felt it was his relationship with Christ that made him want to outlaw the slave trade.

Image: Wilberforce began by making the slave trade illegal in the British Empire (at that time on-fifth of the world) as a first step tp making slavery itself illegal.  Both were accomplished in his lifetime.

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Wilberforce dedicated his life to the seemingly impossible task of the abolition of the slave trade and slavery in the 18th-century British Empire---then comprising one-fifth of the world. 

Image: Oil Painting of William Wilberforce by John Rising.  Copyright Wilberforce House, Hull City Museums and Art Galleries, U.K.  The Bridgeman Art Library.

"As a young politician Wilberforce dedicated his life to the seemingly impossible task of the abolition of slavery in 18th-century Britain. Finally, after decades of struggle, his cause prevailed. Using an extensive collection of original printings and historical art to tell his story, this video shows the difference committed believers can make in combating social ills."

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He believed that even the worst evils could be overcome.

"The wittiest and most religious man in all of England," he was called.  But the issues he dealt with were not amusing, and he pursued his world-changing political mission not from a religious ivory tower but in the messy world of brutal political struggle.  

Slavery was taken for granted in 18th-century Britain--the leading slave-trade nation in Europe.  The British shipped 70,000 men, women, and children per year to the slave plantations.  It was a very profitable business and provided major underpinning for the British economy.

Wilberforce dedicated his life to Jesus Christ...

As a young politician, Wilberforce dedicated his life to Jesus Christ.  This commitment impelled him to devote his energy to the  __________________________

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seemingly impossible task of the abolition of slavery. 

This video follows Wilberforce in his  decades long struggle against the enormous strength of the slavery establishment.  Finally, his cause prevailed.  It was what historian G. M. Trevelyan described as "one of the turning points of the world."  

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