Why was William Wilberforce nicknamed 'The Liberator'?
#115290. Asked by nibbles0011. (Jun 15 10 9:20 AM)
Mr. Wilberforce devoted most of his parliamentary career to the abolition of the slave trade and slavery. He also campaigned for legislation to prohibit the worst forms of child labor, cruelty to animals and the removal of political disabilities on Roman Catholics. Thus he was a "liberator". While the slave trade was abolished in 1807, slavery was not abolished until 1834 (August 1st). Unfortunately, Mr. Wilberforce did not live to see this monumental event. He passed away in 1833.
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