Colonialism in the New World and Film

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They would no longer be persecuted for religion or social class. America soon became a place known for accepting a diverse group of people but ironically was home to the largest number of slaves in the world. Slavery in America was an institution that built the nation fiscally and physically. Eventually slaves went from living in “the home of the free” with no rights to fighting in legal battle in the court room and actual battles in The Civil War for their freedom. I am able to analyze this progression through the films, 12 Years a Slave, Glory, Amistad, and Amazing Grace. All the films are true stories that are brought to life through beautiful cinematography and brilliant acting. Amazing Grace takes place in Great Britain, but I think it is important to contrast the slave trade legislation there with the legislation in America. It is also important to not the immense amount of effort and that it took to end slavery and opposition that was faced by anti-slave activists in both countries. The film begins in 1796 where William Wilberforce, an English politician, is very sick. He is taking a vacation in Bath, Somerset and reflecting on his life up until now. We are transported back to 1782 where a young William is an ambitious Parliament member and after experiencing a religious enlightenment, he decides to dedicate his life to abolishing the slave trade in Great Britain. His friend and…

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