William Wilberforce

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Further reading

Here are two new biographies of William Wilberforce, plus a book by Wilberforce himself, and books about the slave trade. Click on the book covers or the orange links to order your own copy of each book.


William Wilberforce – by Stephen Tomkins. A new biography including primary documentation about the experience of slaves and the activities of slavers.


William Wilberforce – by William Hague. A life of the great anti-slave trade campaigner, by a leading politician.


John Newton – by Jonathan Aitken. Subtitled “from disgrace to amazing grace”, this is a new biography of Newton by a former cabinet minister.


Bury the Chains – by Adam Hochschild. A superbly written history of the abolition campaign. Wilberforce’s contribution is minimised, though.


Sacred Hunger – by Barry Unsworth. The Booker prize-winning novel set onboard an 18th century slave ship.


Real Christianity – by William Wilberforce. Wilberforce compares the Christianity of his day with what is taught in the Bible. Written in 1797.


Beloved – by Toni Morrison. This beautifully written historical novel unfolds a shocking story of the horrors of slavery.


Black Ivory – by James Walvin. This covers all aspects of British salvery and the slave trade, as well as abolition.

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Read about the life and work of William Wilberforce, who played a key role in the struggle to abolish the slave trade, 200 years ago. 2007 saw the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade, which was achieved through the work of Wilberforce and other abolitionists of the time.

These pages were written by Stephen Tomkins.

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arrow The slave trade

arrow Who's who

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