This is not in the History Books. But for Students who took an elective class in High School called Music Theory, learned this song is a part of American History. A song that set an example, a song that made history, a song still sung today and will be for generations to come. This is learned in Music Theory. If a student didn't take that elective course, they wouldn't have learned the importance of why this song was written as it is not only a part of History, but embarks our future as well.
John Newton was a slave trader. He brought thousands of men, woman and children from Africa to the auction blocks. It wasn't until 1748, during a violent storm that almost sunk his ship, he then realized in the power of prayer. He fell to his knees and begged for mercy. It was that night he realized there is a higher power that heard prayers of all people, bad or good. Since that experience, Newton repented.
Here was a man who was a slave driver; who then became a man who fought to free the slaves. He also became a preacher, who wrote a song in 1772 called "Faith's Review and Expectations", a song we know as "Amazing Grace". John Newton saw the light. He wasn't afraid to put back where he went wrong. He changed history simply by conveying a message in a song and speaking up, without fear, to put right where he went wrong.
A Man who brought slaves to auction blocks, turned into a man who fought for the freedom of slaves, all because his ship risked sinking during a violent storm where he fell to his knees and prayed to God. From that experience he changed; and he made sure the world knew about it. To change what we can is changing to help others. Never be afraid to speak up. It takes experience that affected one person, to make a difference to help millions for the goodness of all. There will always be those people who will continue to mis-judge, make fun of and lie about the person who speaks up; reason is because they are afraid of change. If any experience that affected one person can be the experience to make a change that will help others, speak up and show no fear. That is the message behind "Amazing Grace", a song sung by both sides of the Civil War, a song played and sung during the freedom marches and when Dr. Martin Luther King spoke of his dream. This same song is also the song that was sung and played during the crumbling down of the Berlin Wall, on September 11th, 2001; and when the Saints marched back into the Super-dome after the rebuilding from the fallen city that caused terrible damages to people, animals, homes and land caused by Hurricane Katrina. I can name many more examples behind the meaning of "Amazing Grace". But the one example I will emphasize is this song is sung and heard by all people from all walks of life, for many reasons.
John Newton has conveyed a message in a song he wrote the hymn and lyrics to. He changed his ways because of an experience. Where he went wrong, he spent the rest of his life to make things right. Grace is the Power that will put right where it went wrong. This song is not only a part of History and Music Theory, it is a song we hear in many places, a song that is still sung in today's society that comforts millions around the world.