An Unnecessary Evil
Forsythe, Clarke D., The Human Life Review
When William Wilberforce rose in Parliament on the evening of May 11, 1789 to give his maiden speech against the slave trade, he argued that the trade was both inhumane and unnecessary for the British economy. His words were part of a conscious strategy that began in 1787, when the British Abolition Committee "concluded that the general, moral case against the slave trade had been made and that the way to induce a positive readiness to end the trade was to demonstrate that it was impolitic as well as unjust and inhumane." Consequently, the Committee "more particularly directed their attention to the plea of political necessity which is frequently urged to justify . . . this traffic." As …
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Publication information: Article title: An Unnecessary Evil. Contributors: Forsythe, Clarke D. - Author. Magazine title: The Human Life Review. Volume: 29. Issue: 1 Publication date: Winter 2003. Page number: 100. © Not available. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.