One of the most revered of all Yorkshiremen, William Wilberforce, is famous for his key role in Britain's abolition of the transatlantic slave trade. Another Yorkshireman, Richard Oastler, also became a renowned campaigner - after turning his attention to what he controversially dubbed slavery within the county itself. Oastler, who was born in Leeds and lived from 1789 to 1861, was outraged by child labour in Yorkshire's mills and factories and he used the county's newspapers to launch a campaign that eventually resulted in legislation which restricted the number of hours that adults - and therefore their children - were allowed to work. It resulted in Oastler - a powerful orator - being hailed by his legions of supporters as the 'Factory King'.
Now this new book by some of Yorkshire's leading historians has re-examined Oastler's impact and drawn parallels between the campaign to abolish transatlantic slavery and the fight to curtail child labour within Britain.