William Wilberforce – Fighting Against Slavery

I thought I should write about something historical and we had to give a speech about William Wilberforce for school. I had never heard of him before, but when I started to read about his story and history it caught my interest. I decided I could do something different to my blog this time and now I’m writing a short introduction of him. I respect him a lot and he accomplished great things. 

British William Wilberforce (24 August 1759 – 29 July 1833) was born in Hull and he was one of The Great Britain’s social reformers. He started to be active in Politics at a young age in Yorkshire. In 1785, he became an Evangelical Christian and changed his lifestyle completely. He came in contact with anti-slave-trade activists and was soon interested in human rights and abolition of the slavery. He became one of the leaders of abolitionists and started campaigning against slavery in Parliament.

Religion, morality and education were important to him and he was a member of many various campaigns for the human and animal rights. He was often abroad fighting for the right of the slaves in the colonies for example Sierra Leone and India. He was very concerned about the terrible conditions the slaves were kept and transported.

His and other activists’ work paid off in Slave Trade Act 1807, but still it didn’t free those who were already slaves. It was not until 1833 when all the slaves in the British Empire were given freedom. Wilberforce died only three days after hearing this great passage.

William Wilberforce is buried in Westminster Abbey, close to his friend William Pitt who has been the Prime minister of the United Kingdom. He also has a Monument in Hull College. Wilberforce is remembered as a humanitarian reformer and a devoted Christian who was brave to step up for the human rights.

William Wilberforce

  • Was born on 24th August in 1759 in Hull and died on 29th July in 1833 in London
  • žBritish Politician
  • žThe member of Parliament for Yorkshire (1784–1812)
  • The leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade

Life work

  • He became an Evangelical Christian 1785
  • žValues: religion, morality and education, human and animal rights
  • He campaigned over 20 years in Parliament for the abolition of slavery
  • Fought for children’s rights and for the general justice


  • Due to his active campaigning the slave trade was finally denied in 1807 but this did not free those who were already slaves: Slave Trade Act 1807
  • žNot until 1833 (Wilberforce died in the same year) all the slaves in British empire were given freedom: Slavery Abolition Act 1833 


  1. BBC History
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Biography Online
  4. William Pitt

Amazing Grace

A Film called Amazing Grace was published in 2006 and it is based on the life of Wilberforce and his struggle to give the slaves freedom. I haven’t seen it, but I definitely will. And the song Amazing Grace is connected to the time when there were slaves. Wilberforce has actually met John Newton who was a captain of a slave ship before he became a born again Christian. He wrote the song and its melody is one of the negro’s spirituals. Very touching song. I have actually posted the song earlier.

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.


The trailer of the movie

PS. God made all of us EQUAL.


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