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Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas
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Dec 31, 09

Read in November, 2009

Most Americans have at least a basic knowledge of the campaign to end slavery in the USA, and Abraham Lincoln's "Emancipation Proclamation" that was an important step in that process. I suspect most Americans have little or no knowledge of the British struggles with those same issues, and their resolutions decades earlier to abolish the slave trade and eventually end slavery.

This is a fascinating biography of William Wilberforce, the British politician whose lifelong work was key in that movement. After a conversion to evangelical Christianity and election to parliament, Wilberforce worked for some 26 years to pass the Slave Trade Act which stopped British participation in the slave trade, and then his influence continued until the passage of an Abolition Act in 1833, three days before his death.

This book includes heartbreaking descriptions of the conditions inside the ships that transported slaves, and their treatment in the sugar plantations of the British West Indies. Wilberforce's persistence in pursuing this cause in spite of years of failure has to place him among the greatest humanitarians of modern times.
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