The Slave Trade

Hannah More (1745-1833)

Read by Kate McComb, History, 2011

Hannah More (2 February 1745 – 7 September 1833) was an English religious writer, romantic and philanthropist. She is said to have made three reputations in the course of her long life: as a poet and playwright in the circle of Johnson, Reynolds and Garrick, as a writer on moral and religious subjects, and as a practical philanthropist.

In January 1788, Hannah More wrote her poem Slavery as part of William Wilberforce's parliamentary campaign to achieve abolition. In the event, Wilberforce waited a further 19 years before he saw the bill to end the slave trade finally passed into law. But throughout those long years, his friendship with Hannah More remained strong, and her support for the cause of abolition never wavered.


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