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Bury the Chains: The British Struggle to Abolish Slavery
Bury the Chains: The British Struggle to Abolish Slavery
by Adam Hochschild
Edition: Paperback

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb history - but unfair to Wilberforce, 28 Jun. 2006
Bury the Chains is great history, colourful, passionate and informative. But in its efforts to rehabilitate Clarkson at the expense of Wilberforce, it's actually rather unfair to Wilberforce.

For example, for 12 years of the 20-year abolition campaign, Clarkson had nothing to do with it, having had a breakdown, while Wilberforce carried on relentlessly. Hochschild brushes past that whole period in five pages (of a 467-page book), sidelining Wilberforce's essential contribution to the campaign.

If you take that bias into account, however, its a great read, and absolutely inspiring.
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by Sally Grindley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obsessed, 24 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Shhh! (Paperback)
My 2-year-old went from scared, to delighted, to completed obsessed, to reciting it from memory in the course of two weeks when we got this from the library. We had to renew the book three times and then buy a copy.
It's cleverly constructed and huge fun.

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