The Better Hour: The Legacy of William Wilberforce

Overview

Though the dark history of slavery receives a substantial degree of attention in today's classrooms, the life story of William Wilberforce marks a glaring exception. A late 18th and early 19th Century British Parlamentarian who saw the fulfillment of his Christian ideals in the complete abolition of trans-Atlantic human trafficking, Wilberforce fought aggressively and courageously to achieve this goal, and also set up 69 nonprofit organizations designed to improve social conditions in Great Britain. By telling ...
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Overview

Though the dark history of slavery receives a substantial degree of attention in today's classrooms, the life story of William Wilberforce marks a glaring exception. A late 18th and early 19th Century British Parlamentarian who saw the fulfillment of his Christian ideals in the complete abolition of trans-Atlantic human trafficking, Wilberforce fought aggressively and courageously to achieve this goal, and also set up 69 nonprofit organizations designed to improve social conditions in Great Britain. By telling Wilberforce's story, the biographical documentary The Better Hour: The Legacy of William Wilberforce meditates on the ways in which a single human being can permanently alter the tide of history and definitively end a human evil. Avery Brooks narrates.
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Special Features

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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/2008
  • UPC: 841887009133
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 60:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 75,116

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Avery Brooks Voice Only
Dr. Rowan Williams Participant
Kevin Belmonte Participant
James Walvin Participant
Marylyn Rouse Participant
Floyd Flake Participant
Technical Credits
Phil Cooke Director, Producer
Brian Mead Director, Producer
Steve Krahnke Executive Producer
Matthew Phillips Producer
Cullen Schippe Executive Producer, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Better Hour: The Legacy of William Wilberforce
2. Introduction [10:27]
3. The Life of Wilberforce [4:56]
4. The Great Change [10:11]
5. The Circle of Friends [4:22]
6. The Reformation of Manners [4:19]
7. The Great Fight [13:18]
8. The Legacy [7:17]
9. Credits [1:22]
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