Results tagged “slave trade”

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FILM
Lincoln
(12A) 150mins
★★★✩✩

IN A NUTSHELL
Daniel Day-Lewis is towering as Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's pernickety take on the President's battle against the slave trade.

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The Wapping-born writer of one of Britain's favourite hymns - Amazing Grace - had a life of two halves - from slave merchant to priest.

John Newton (1725-1807) was initially press-ganged into service on the sea, but eventually, of his own volition, worked the West Africa coast buying slaves. The "ghosts" of these slaves haunted him in later life.