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William Wilberforce: Fighting the Slave Trade

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William Wilberforce: Fighting the Slave Trade

A rich man, William Wilberforce found himself in a privileged position to help the underprivileged. A political man, he served in Parliament for 45 years and championed the cause against slavery. A passionate man, his crooked spine and near-blindness could not quench his zeal for the freedom of all people. A persistent man, his abolition proposal finally passed when presented for the twelfth time. This issue of Christian History & Biography is dedicated to Wilberforce and to the many other brave souls who instigated social reform in 19th century England.

The most malignant evil in the British Empire ceased largely because of the faith and persistence of William Wilberforce.

Inside this issue you'll find:

  • The "Shrimp" Who Stopped Slavery - Wilberforce vs. Slavery
  • A Profitable Little Business - The tragic economics ofthe slave trade.
  • The Best of Times, the Worst of Times - An introduction to the turbulent 19th Century.
  • The Gallery: Aristocratic Activists - The Clapham Sect was one of the most elite and effective brands of Christian social reformers-ever.
  • Also: A Long Reach
  • Greatness upon Greatness - Holy politics of Shaftesbury & Gladstone.
  • A Century of Reform
  • Urban Renewal: Saving the Slums
  • Medical Care: The Lady of the Lamp
  • Education: Classrooms in Hell
  • Civil Rights: Dismantling Discrimination
  • Prison Reform: Brutality Behind Bars
  • Child Labor: White Slavery
  • Christian Clout Then and Now - What 19th-century British reformers teach us about Christian social action today.
  • A Christian History interview with John Wolffe
Issue 53 (Volume XVI (16), Number 1)
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