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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Book Review - William Wilberforce: God's Politician by John Holzmann

TITLE: William Wilberforce: God's Politician
AUTHOR: John Holzmann
PUBLISHER: Sonlight Curriculum Ltd. 
FORMAT: Softcover, 86 pages
GENRE: Biography
A brief look at the life of the man who helped Britain achieve, without bloodshed, what it cost the United States a civil war to accomplish.

A statesman of the highest order, Wilberforce paid a tremendous price to pursue his convictions.

I read this non-fiction biography to my children.

Before I read this book, I had never heard of William Wilberforce. He was born in England in 1759, and what he was best known for was his steadfast resolve in trying to abolish slavery. He presented 11 different Bills to Parliament over the course of 18 years in an effort to limit or abolish the slave trade. He finally met with success with his 12th Bill in 1807 with the enactment of the Slave Trade Act.

This book provides a good overview of how the British parliamentary system works. Even though the content is pretty dry, we still found it interesting. Each chapter concludes with discussion questions, which enhanced our understanding of the content.


3 stars! It was good, and I enjoyed it!

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