This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the contribution of evangelist, campaigner, journalist and administrator Zachary Macaulay to the abolition movement in Great Britain. The book explores the role of Macaulay as first editor of the Anti-Slavery Monthly Reporter, his exposure to slavery and anti-slavery work in Sierra Leone, and his membership in the Clapham Sect. It also examines his family life and his involvement in different societies that sought religious or social improvement, including the Society for the Suppression of Vice, the British and Foreign Bible Society, and the Church Missionary Society.
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