William Wilberforce was a deeply religious English member of parliament who changed history in the 18th century. Before he had the bravery to fight for humanity, 11 million African slaves were used in the West Indies and American Colonies. William lived in Great Britain where the empire was built on slaves. This was a normality and nothing much was done of the in-justifications. When he became a converted Christian in 1784-85 his faith gave him the power for social change. He founded the ‘Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade’ getting many supporters and deliberately fighting for a revolution. William Wilberforce faced tremendous tasks towards his goal of abolishing the slave trade, yet with faith and will-power he ended up accomplishing it and changing the world.
After a period of self-questioning and prayer Wilberforce reached his famous conclusion that, “God Almighty has set before me two great objects, the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners.” (Wilberforce, Module 412). He realized that the world was in need of a change. At that point the African slaves were living among the English but were far from being considered human beings with rights and basic living conditions. They were sent over in groups on unbearable boats to be sold as slaves. William saw what was happening and decided to fight for what himself and God believed was the right thing to do.
In the House of Commons Wilberforce became a tireless sponsor of abolition. He sold books, got info, gained supporters and fought as hard as he possibly could in the hope of a brighter future. In 1789 he introduced 12 resolutions against the trade. It took very little time to realize that this was not a fair fight and that it would take everything he had to win it. Almost everybody was against him in the beginning. They did not want the luxury of slaves taken away from them! There was endless corruption which contributed to the failures in passing the bill....
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