Statesman and Saint: The Principled Politics of William Wilberforce

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This moving biography of Wilberforce tells the story of his religious conversion in 1784 and his rise to leadership of the Clapham Sect - a group of evangelicals active in political, philanthropic, and religious causes. Under his leadership, the Saints, as they were called, championed parliamentary and prison reforms, missionary endeavors, Bible distribution, and a host of other charitable efforts and organizations. These causes included the Church Missionary Society (established in 1799) and the British and ...

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Overview

This moving biography of Wilberforce tells the story of his religious conversion in 1784 and his rise to leadership of the Clapham Sect - a group of evangelicals active in political, philanthropic, and religious causes. Under his leadership, the Saints, as they were called, championed parliamentary and prison reforms, missionary endeavors, Bible distribution, and a host of other charitable efforts and organizations. These causes included the Church Missionary Society (established in 1799) and the British and Foreign Bible Society (founded in 1804). Statesman and Saint also describes Wilberforce's unrelenting forty-year crusade against slavery, in spite of many defeats in Parliament. He laboured for eighteen years to secure the abolition of the slave trade, enduring personal criticism, deep-seated prejudice, and threats on his life for another twenty-six years before he saw the Emancipation Bill finally passed in July 1833. His influential book, A Practical View, laid the foundation for the moral elevation of the Victorian Era that followed his death only three days after the Emancipation Bill was passed in Parliament.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581822243
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Series: Leaders in Action Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Acknowledgments 13
Introduction 15
Chronology 19
Part I The Life of William Wilberforce 27
Prologue 29
Early Years, Idle Years 35
Nightingale of the Commons 41
The Mighty Shrimp 47
Religion in the Soul 51
Two Great Objects 57
The Slaves' Champion 63
Opening Salvos 69
Black Terror, Red Terror 75
Manners and Marriage 81
The Arduous Struggle 87
Elder Statesman 95
The Rattle of Chains 101
The Midnight Hour 109
Tribute 113
Part II The Character of William Wilberforce 117
Providence 119
Religion 125
Integrity 131
Faults 137
Self-Improvement 141
Books 147
Charm 153
Friendship 159
Teamwork 165
Charity 169
Benevolence 175
Industry 181
Sabbath 187
Evangelism 193
Missions 199
Duty 205
Principle 211
Criticism 217
Adversity 223
Self-Control 229
Marriage 235
Family 241
Vision 247
Reform 251
Prudence 257
Eloquence 261
Fame 267
Humility 273
Power 279
Perseverance 285
Part III The Legacy of William Wilberforce 291
The Wilberforce Engima 293
The World's Benefactor 299
The Washington of Humanity 305
Part IV The Lessons of Leadership 311
Notes 315
Selected Bibliography 329
Index 337
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