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

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

Format:  Paperback,

297 pages

Publisher: Harpercollins

Publish Date: Nov 2007

ISBN-13: 9780061173882

ISBN-10: 0061173886

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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.


Publisher: Harpercollins
Publish Date: Nov 2007
ISBN-13: 9780061173882
ISBN-10: 0061173886
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 297
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.85
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 7.25 x 8.25 x 1.0

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Biography of Metaxas, Eric

Eric Metaxas was born in New York City in 1963, and grew up in Danbury, Connecticut. He graduated from Yale University, where he edited the Yale Record, America's oldest college humor magazine. He has written several biographies, including Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery and the New York Times bestseller, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet. He has also written over 30 children's books, including It's Time to Sleep, My Love and Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving.

Chapter outline

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Little Wilberforcep. 1
Into the Wide Worldp. 17
Wilberforce Enters Parliamentp. 25
The Great Changep. 41
Ye Must Be Born Againp. 63
The Second Great Object: The Reformation of Mannersp. 69
The Proclamation Societyp. 81
The First Great Object: Abolishing the Slave Tradep. 91
The Zong Incidentp. 103
Abolition or Bustp. 115
Round Onep. 127
Round Twop. 139
The Good Fightp. 147
What Wilberforce Enduredp. 155
Two Lovesp. 167
Clapham's Golden Agep. 181
Domestic Life at Claphamp. 195
Victory!p. 205
Beyond Abolitionp. 215
Indiap. 225
Enforcing Abolitionp. 235
Peace and Troublesp. 247
The Last Battlep. 263
Epiloguep. 279
Bibliographyp. 282
Acknowledgmentsp. 283
Faith Discussion Guidep. 285

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