To What Extent Is William Wilberforce Responsible Essay

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To what Extent is William Wilberforce responsible for ending slavery in the British Empire? William Wilberforce was born on August the 24th 1759 in Hull, Yorkshire, and played a key role in the abolishment of the slave trade. William had a severe illness which affected his life greatly, and sadly he died of it on the 29th of September 1833, at the age of 73. William was elected to parliament at the age of 21 in September 1780and he first started to consider a political career during university, where both he and William Pitt watched the House of Commons regularly from the Gallows. In many ways William Wilberforce was largely responsible for the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire, he presented many anti slave trade bills, such as his first ‘Abolition of the Slave Trade’ Bill, which he planned to present in 1789, but his plan was cut short when he fell ill. It is believed that he suffered an illness called ulcerative colitis and was out of parliament for several months, he ended up using opium to help him, which he relied on for the rest of his life. But in April 1791 William Presented his first bill for the Abolishment of the slave trade, but he was humiliatingly defeated by 163 votes to 88. William was the Leader of a group called the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade. The Society was formed on May 22nd, 1787 by 12 men. Thomas Clarkson was another key member, and helped William greatly. Thomas had also spent a large amount of time going round Britain (and other places) collecting evidence about the slave trade. As I have just explained, William Wilberforce was not the only person to play a key role in the Abolition of the slave trade, and many other people helped in this humanitarian cause. One of those people was William Pitt. William Pitt was the youngest British Prime Minister, he was educated at Pembroke Collage, in
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