Who was this man of English birth? Why, he was a tradesman and member of parliament that spent the better part of his adult life fighting for abolition of slavery. Here is a brief from Wikipedia:
Wilberforce was convinced of the importance of religion, morality and education. He championed causes and campaigns such as the Society for the Suppression of Vice, British missionary work in India, the creation of a free colony in Sierra Leone, the foundation of the Church Mission Society, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. His underlying conservatism led him to support politically and socially controversial legislation, and resulted in criticism that he was ignoring injustices at home while campaigning for the enslaved abroad.In later years, Wilberforce supported the campaign for the complete abolition of slavery, and continued his involvement after 1826, when he resigned from Parliament because of his failing health. That campaign led to the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, which abolished slavery in most of the British Empire.
Another of my favorite films, Amazing Grace, is an account of his life. Here is the trailer.
Amazing Grace William Wilberforce
Wilberforce was a workhorse for a great cause against great odds.
More to come.