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

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Zondervan, Feb 6, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages

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.

 

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User Review  - dasam - LibraryThing

A fairly decent biography, written in an anachronistic style. The main trouble I have is the Metaxas sides so fully with his biographical subject that he whitewashes Wilberforce's chauvinism and somewhat patronizing attitudes to wards Indians, for example. Still, worth reading. Read full review

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User Review  - LeslieHurd - LibraryThing

Amazing Grace was wonderful! It provided a good picture of the society in which William Wilberforce lived and how unusual it was for the British at the time to actually live as Christians rather than ... Read full review

Contents

Little Wilberforce
1
Into the Wide World
17
Wilberforce Enters Parliament
25
The Great Change
41
Ye Must Be Born Again
63
The Reformation of Manners
69
The Proclamation Society
81
Abolishing the Slave Trade
91
Two Loves
167
Claphams Golden Age
181
Domestic Life at Clapham
195
Victory
205
Beyond Abolition
215
India
225
Enforcing Abolition
235
Peace and Troubles
247

The Zong Incident
103
Abolition or Bust
115
Round One
127
Round Two
139
The Good Fight
147
What Wilberforce Endured
155
The Last Battle
263
Epilogue
279
Bibliography
282
Acknowledgments
283
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Eric Metaxas is the author of Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask) and thirty children's books. He is founder and host of Socrates in the City in New York City, where he lives with his wife and daughter. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Washington Post, Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Mars Hill Review, and First Things. He has written for VeggieTales and Rabbit Ears Productions, earning three Grammy nominations for Best Children's Recording.

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