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Mr.R. S. Lambert : ' Pioneers of Social Progress—II, William Wilberforce and the Abolition of the Slave Trade '

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THE Elizabethan sea-dogs were a hardy and healthy breed, and much honoured in our history ; but they left us cursed with the moral horrors of theslave trade. In this talk Mr. Lambert will describe how, two centuries after Hawkins died, the moral standards' of the English people had progressed sufficiently to make possible Wilberforce's great Crusade.
He will tell the story of the first attempts to interest Parliament in the abolition question ; of the first motion for gradual abolition followed by a long series of defeats in the Commons and the Lords, extending from 1795 to 1807, when success was finally achieved. And, in addition, he will discuss the question whether credit can be awarded to Wilberforce for his zeal on behalf of the African slaves, without blame also being given to him for his blindness to the almost equally hideous sufferings of the industrial population at home.

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