William Wilberforce and the Abolition of the British Slave Trade

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William Wilberforce & the Abolition of the British Slave Trade William Wilberforce, a member of British Parliament, led a battle against Parliament to put and end to the slave trade, a brutal and inhumane business. It was not an easy feat to accomplish, lasting close to 20 years and there were many obstacles faced throughout the period. With persistence and perseverance, he and others that he worked with, were able to outlaw the slave trade of Britain. Not only did he affect his time period, but had a lasting affect on other societies, starting a movement of abolishing slavery. The British slave trade was one of the major parts of the British economy and it was very prevalent it the time, especially among the upper class. Slavery…show more content…
He was also the person that arranged for Wilberforce to present in front of Parliament. Next, is Hannah Moore, who spent a great deal of her time helping Wilberforce plan out the campaign process. The next person is James Ramsey who like Clarkson did, helped collect evidence for Wilberforce. The things he observed were the harsh treatment and brutality that the slaves suffered on the plantations. The campaign was finally started. May 12, 1789 was the day that Wilberforce introduced the bill for abolishing the slave trade. The total length of the proposal was three and a half hours. It was said to be one of the best and most complete proposal ever given. In the speech, he gave twelve resolutions to the slave trade. He did a remarkable Greene 4 job and the Parliament members agreed with what was said. The reason that they were holding back from approving of the legislation was that they were worried that abolishing the slave trade would greatly affect the British economy. The next session was scheduled at a later date when this bill was supposed to be vetoed. Prior to that date, the French revolution began. With all of the hostility going on, the war was able to change Parliament’s view on Abolition and his proposed bill was dead. Another factor that led to Abolition not being at the top of the agenda of the Parliament was Britain had just lost the American colonies. While all of this was
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