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The better hour : the legacy of William Wilberforce

Author: Cullen SchippePhil CookeJ Brian MeadMatthew PhillipsAvery BrooksAll authors
Publisher: [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Home Video, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English : Widescreen
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The documentary explores the 20-year effort of William Wilberforce to lead the abolition of the British slave trade, a business that was key to the country's economic strength. Wilberforce and his Clapham colleagues brilliantly executed this enormous task. They managed to shape opinion without the help of mass communication technology. The goal of the documentary is to focus on how strength of character is harnessed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographical films
Biography
Historical films
History
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Named Person: William Wilberforce; William Wilberforce
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Cullen Schippe; Phil Cooke; J Brian Mead; Matthew Phillips; Avery Brooks; TWC Films,; WTIU (Television station : Bloomington, Ind.),; Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.),; PBS Home Video,
ISBN: 0793694124 9780793694129
OCLC Number: 214116559
Language Note: Closed-captioned.
Notes: Originally produced as a television program in 2008.
Credits: Director of photography, J. Brian Mead.
Performer(s): Narrator, Avery Brooks.
Target Audience: TV parental guidelines rating: Not rated.
Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD; NTSC, Region 1; widescreen; stereo.
Contents: Introduction --
The life of Wilberforce --
The great change --
The circle of friends --
The reformation of manners --
The great fight --
The legacy.
Other Titles: Legacy of William Wilberforce
Responsibility: a TWC Films production in cooperation with WTIU, Indiana University ; produced by Phil Cooke, Matthew Phillips ; directed by Phil Cooke, J. Brian Mead ; written by Cullen Schippe.
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The documentary explores the 20-year effort of William Wilberforce to lead the abolition of the British slave trade, a business that was key to the country's economic strength. Wilberforce and his Clapham colleagues brilliantly executed this enormous task. They managed to shape opinion without the help of mass communication technology. The goal of the documentary is to focus on how strength of character is harnessed in the service of high and seemingly unattainable goals for society. Character and community join together to bring into the world what the English poet William Cowper described as "the better hour." The documentary highlights William Wilberforce's drive and love for humanity and reveals how he and his colleagues took up the cause of abolition of the slave trade at a time when the British economy depended upon slavery.--Publisher.

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