Picture of John Newton, poet and author of the hymn Amazing Grace; nineteenth century American Literature and poetry

 

AMAZING GRACE:

John Newton (pictured above) wrote the gospel hymn "Amazing Grace." Although this song is one of the most celebrated songs in gospel history, John Newton was a slave trader.

He wrote the hymn while he was still involved in the slave trade and he often traded slaves for a variety of manufactured goods.

Newton was also a captain on Trans-Atlantic slave ships twice.

He would die in 1807.

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