Wilberforce and Cobbett were both political activists, though they supported different causes due to their varied lifestyles. Wilberforce, raised in upper middle class conditions focused his attention on race issues with the abolition of slavery, while Cobbett, originally a member of the lower class, focused on gaining rights and improving the conditions for his fellow working class members. As a result of their differing causes, Cobbett attacked Wilberforce on various occasions. Upon a closer examination of Cobbett’s attack on Wilberforce it becomes apparent that the attack is somewhat misdirected and unjustified.
"William Wilberforce and William Cobbett: Reformers in Conflict in Early 19th-Century Britain,"
Voces Novae: Vol. 2
, Article 9.
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