RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 81944743 LA English T1 William Wilberforce : a biography A1 Tomkins, Stephen,, PB William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co. PP Grand Rapids, Mich. YR 2007 SN 9780802825933 0802825931 AB "In the 1780s, around 40,000 slaves a year were taken from Africa in British ships, on the notorious "Middle Passage," to the Caribbean. In 1787, under an oak tree in Kent, the British Prime Minister, William Pitt, invited his friend William Wilberforce to introduce a parliamentary bill outlawing the slave trade. Neither of them imagined a twenty-year political campaign that would consume the rest of Wilberforce's life. Written in a lively and engaging style, this biography of William Wilberforce transports the reader back to a dramatic age of conflict and upheaval."--Jacket.