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Evaluate the role of William Wilberforce in his campaign to end the slave trade

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Evaluate the role of William Wilberforce in his campaign to end the slave trade William Wilberforce was a British Politician, who strongly disagreed with slave trade and was one of the leaders in the campaign to end the slave trade. He was born in Yorkshire on 24th August 1759 and throughout his life he fought to end the slave trade. Around 1784 Wilberforce became an Evangelical Christian, so his views and lifestyle changed. Soon after, he became interested in social reform and someone named ?Lady Middleton? approached him and said that, if he used his power as an MP, there would be a better chance of ending the slave trade. ...read more.

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He also encouraged and persuaded people to join the anti- slavery campaign, by using many statistics and in 1789 delivered a three and a half hour speech. The speech included things like, horrific facts about the slave trade, but unfortunately the speech didn?t have much of an effect. Another thing William done, was encouraging many of the rich people to buy things that had pictures of how bad and horrific the slave trade was, that way they would understand why the slave trade should be abolished. ...read more.

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And in 1807, after years of trying to end the slave trade, the slave trade act was abolished. William Wilberforce?s views on religion stayed the same and his views on how horrific the slave trade was, still stayed the same after the slave trade was abolished. William Wilberforce should always be remembered as a determined and courageous person, as he spent his whole life trying to end the slave trade. And even after the slave trade was abolished he continued attempting to abolish things he disagreed with. ...read more.

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