Lead: It lost its first empire in North America with the American Revolution and there was trouble in other possessions. To bring order and imperial stability, Britain turned to the ideas Edward Gibbon Wakefield.

 

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

 

                Content: His reputation and career destroyed by a conviction for kidnapping of a prospective bride, three years in London’s Newgate Prison changed the life of Edward Gibbon Wakefield. He took on capital punishment and his writings helped bring the end to the death penalty in England, but it was on colonialism that he made his greatest contribution.