By Eric Metaxas
Amazing Grace tells the tale of the outstanding lifetime of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce (1759-1833). This obtainable biography chronicles Wilberforce's awesome function as a human rights activist, cultural reformer, and member of Parliament.
At the heart of this heroic existence was once a passionate twenty-year struggle to abolish the British slave alternate, a conflict Wilberforce received in 1807, in addition to efforts to abolish slavery itself within the British colonies, a victory accomplished simply 3 days sooner than his dying in 1833.
Metaxas discovers during this unsung hero a guy of whom it will probably actually be acknowledged: he replaced the area. sooner than Wilberforce, few inspiration slavery was once incorrect. After Wilberforce, so much societies on the planet got here to work out it as an outstanding ethical wrong.
To mark the 2 hundredth anniversary of the abolition of the British slave exchange, HarperSanFrancisco and Bristol Bay Productions have joined jointly to commemorate the lifetime of William Wilberforce with the feature-length movie Amazing Grace and this significant other biography, which gives a fuller account of the superb lifetime of this nice guy than might be captured on film.
This account of Wilberforce's existence can assist many turn into accustomed to a great guy who used to be a hero to Abraham Lincoln and an suggestion to the anti-slavery flow in the United States.
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Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas