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Amazing Grace : William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery

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Amazing Grace tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce (1759-1833). This accessible biography chronicles Wilberforce's extraordinary role as a human rights activist, cultural reformer, and member of Parliament. At the center of this heroic life was a passionate twenty-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, a battle Wilberforce won in 1807, as well as efforts to abolish slavery itself in the British colonies, a victory achieved just three days before his death in 1833. Metaxas discovers in this unsung hero a man of whom it can truly be said: he changed the world. Before Wilberforce, few thought slavery was wrong. After Wilberforce, most societies in the world came to see it as a great moral wrong. To mark the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the British slave trade, HarperSanFrancisco and Bristol Bay Productions have joined together to commemorate the life of William Wilberforce with the feature-length film Amazing Grace and this companion biography, which provides a fuller account of the amazing life of this great man than can be captured on film. This account of Wilberforce's life will help many become acquainted with an exceptional man who was a hero to Abraham Lincoln and an inspiration to the anti-slavery movement in America.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 297 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 25.4mm | 136.08g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0061173886
  • 9780061173882
  • 104,081

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The little-known story of the lifelong struggle of a member of Parliament to abolish slavery in the British Empire. --USA Today"show more

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Amazing Grace is the biography of William Wilberforce, a British statesman and reformer from the early part of the 19th century. It chronicles his extraordinary contributions to the world, primarily his 20-year fight to abolish the British slave trade, which he won in 1807. He was also instrumental in passing legislation to abolish slavery in the British colonies, a victory he won just three days before his death in 1833. He was a hero to Abraham Lincoln and an inspiration to the anti-slavery movement in America. America needs to become reacquainted with this moral hero. This biography of one of the foremost abolitionists of Britain's anti-slavery movement is the official tie-in book to the film Amazing Grace by Walden Media. The hardcover edition spent four weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.show more

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This book tells the story of William Wilberforce, the English member of parliament, who spent nearly his entire parliamentary career trying to make slavery illegal in England. The book is an excellent brief introduction to the social and political landscape of late 18th century and explains why Wilberforce's struggle was so hard. The background is essential because to the modern mind slavery is so obviously wrong, that we struggle to understand why it was legal in an apparently civilised society. In spite of the politics, the book is an easy read and in many places becomes a page turner hard to put down.show more
by Celia Hooper
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