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William Wilberforce: A biography Paperback – 19 Jan 2007
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William Wilberforce's name will forever be associated with the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. Stephen Tomkins' book covers: early years as son of a wealthy merchant family in Hull; dissolute life in Cambridge; work as MP under Pitt; evangelical conversion; campaigner for public morality; leads parliamentary movement for the abolition of slavery; forms the "Clapham Sect'; anti-slave trade law; and, how he died 3 days after final reading of the Emancipation Bill. Through the book, the author includes primary documentation about the experience of slaves and the activities of slavers.
About the Author
tephen Tomkins has a PhD in Church History at London Bible College and a contributing editor to the Ship of Fools website. He is the author of John Wesley: A Biography, Paul and his World and A Short History of Christianity (all Lion).
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The book is reasonably easy to read and I with no intellectual or political background understood it and would recommend it to anyone interested in Wilberforce and the politics of that time.