Statesman and Saint: The Principled Politics of William Wilberforce

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God has set before me two great objects: the abolition of the slave trade and the reformation of manners." These passionate words penned by William Wilberforce in 1787 marked the beginning of his lifelong crusade as a Christian statesman and philanthropist. Under his leadership parliamentary and prison reforms were championed, the Church Missionary Society was founded, the British and Foreign Bible Society was established, and countless charitable efforts were made. For forty years he crusaded against slavery in ...
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Overview

God has set before me two great objects: the abolition of the slave trade and the reformation of manners." These passionate words penned by William Wilberforce in 1787 marked the beginning of his lifelong crusade as a Christian statesman and philanthropist. Under his leadership parliamentary and prison reforms were championed, the Church Missionary Society was founded, the British and Foreign Bible Society was established, and countless charitable efforts were made. For forty years he crusaded against slavery in the face of much opposition, and his entire life was dedicated to the improvement of the lives of his fellow Englishmen. In this engaging biographical look at Wilberforce, David J. Vaughan examines the sterling character of this undeniably noble man.
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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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