The Better Hour: The Legacy of William Wilberforce
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The Better Hour is the story of a man who, inspired by faith, used his political and social influence to change the world for the better. At the beginning of the 19th century, almost a third of the British economy depended on the trade of human beings. William Wilberforce was determined to end this horrific practice, by persuading both Parliament and British society to abolish slavery in the British Empire.
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The usual pontificating leftist professors brought up "SOCIAL JUSTICE" code word for communism.
(SEE Yuri Bezmenov former KGB agent video on Google video and you tube.)The vocabulary of Saul Alanski is used repetitiously as they try to link the political left to His cause.
There is the usual leftist rant about other political activists such as Desmond Tutu a known communist and others who are affiliated with the communist agenda. They bring up as examples of those men who later followed Wilberforce's example.
They try to portray Wilberforce as a follower of Humanism and not a Good Christian.
His Christianity gets in the way of some of the Professors that are the talking heads on this video.
The fact William Wilberforce is on a calling from God is degraded with the phase
" In spite of being a Christian Wilberforce did the work of a political activist."
PBS needs to be defunded.
This documentary makes a huge contribution to the modern awareness of William Wilberforce. By bringing together a far-flung and broad range of scholars, from multiple disciplines, we get a clear picture the work done by Wilberforce and his associates. A work that at once astounds (that such atrocities occurred) and stuns (that they are still going on today).
I had the privilege of seeing two preview screenings of this documentary: One with my family, then in a large gathering.
In both cases the documentary elicited vigorous discussion. With my family it gave us an opportunity to discuss the values associated with the efforts and the ongoing struggles today to end human trafficking. In the group setting attendees gathered into small groups after seeing the film and had similar discussions and dialogue. In both cases viewers were motivated to find at least wrong in their community they could help right.
Should you purchase this film? Yes, absolutely, yes. Then show it to as many people as you can. Visit the companion website "The Better Hour Gatherings" website for some suggestions on group activities you can do with this documentary.
Check out the companion book, "CREATING THE BETTER HOUR: Lessons from William Wilberforce," for an extended discussion of Wilberforce's work and its ongoing influence.
Creating the Better Hour: Lessons from William Wilberforce
It is my hope that this film and book "use the examples of Wilberforce and his Clapham Circle to ignite a new generation of social activism!" PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Jan. 2, 2008
If we can nationally spend more than $54,000,000 in one week watching the 'Best of Both Worlds Concert' we can find a way to change the world.