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Abolition of the Slave Trade


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William Wilberforce

(1759 – 1833)

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Reporter, Mara Menzies:

Wilberforce tried and failed to persuade parliament to abolish the slave trade every year for nearly 20 years. Finally, in 1807, parliament passed the bill to abolish the transportation of captives for slavery, but not slavery itself.

Professor David Richardson:

Wilberforce was able to argue that it was not right to own people. He therefore was seeking to redefine the right of people to own property so he took the cause into the property owners club of which he was a member and sought to reform the club from inside and I think that that, again, was a mark of his courage and his determination.


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