Anthony Benezet was the greatest eighteenth century influence on the ending of British slavery and the slave trade. While names such as Wilberforce, Sharp and Clarkson ring with familiarity as champions of the slave, it is Benezet who occupies the position of foundational influence on these men and the entire cause. To substantiate this claim I shall briefly introduce his life and examine his antislavery activities and influences. However, it is most fitting to begin with his death and the public response to it.
Brendlinger, Irv A., "Anthony Benezet, the True Champion of the Slave" (1996). Truth's Bright Embrace: Essays and Poems in Honor of Arthur O. Roberts. 13.