William Wilberforce was an English politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to stop the slave trade. A native of Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, he began his political career in 1780, eventually becoming an independent Member of Parliament for Yorkshire . In 1785, he became an evangelical Christian, which resulted in major changes to his lifestyle and a lifelong concern for reform.
Eric S. "Rick" Perlstein is an American historian and liberal / progressive journalist who has garnered recognition for his chronicles of the 1960s and 1970s, and the American conservative movement. The author of three bestselling books, Perlstein received the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his first book, Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus.Politico has dubbed him "a chronicler extraordinaire of modern conservatism."