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Stephen, James

David Dabydeen

in Oxford Companion to Black British History

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780192804396
Stephen, James

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Christian abolitionist who worked closely with William Wilberforce . Stephen was born in Poole, Dorset, and educated in Winchester. He became a barrister and had a law practice in the West Indies. As a consequence of viewing the horrors of slavery and the extreme ill‐treatment of slaves on the islands, he started a correspondence with the abolitionist William Wilberforce and provided him with information on the practice of slavery in the West Indies. Under Wilberforce's influence, he joined the Clapham Sect, constituted of Christians working with Wilberforce, and eventually...

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