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Who was William Wilberforce?  A man who was passionately opposed to slave-trading, he tried for many years to convince the British Parliament to outlaw the practice.

The following details about William Wilberforce can be found the artofmanliness.com website:

On May 12, 1789, Wilberforce made his first speech on the abolition of the slave trade before the House of Commons. He passionately made his case for why the trade was reprehensible and needed to cease. Wilberforce introduced a bill to abolish the trade, but it failed, a result he would become quite familiar with in the ensuing years.

Yet Wilberforce never gave up, reintroducing the bill year after year, and the Slave Trade Act was finally passed in 1807.


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