Born On This Day ~ February 2 ~ Hannah More ~ Writer

Born: February 2, 1745 (Fishponds, United Kingdom)
Died: September 7, 1833 (Clifton, Bristol, United Kingdom)

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A Little About Hannah More:
Born to Jacob More, a schoolmaster and Mary Grace More.

More was an intelligent child and eager to learn. She could read before she was four years old and knew the catechism very well at this early age.

In 1757 the oldest More sister started a boarding school in Bristol. All four sisters, including Hannah, decided to join her in this endeavor. The boarding school did so well that in a few years the sisters were able to build a house and later one for their father.

More had dabbled in poetry for years and wrote a play that was performed at the boarding school.

In 1775 her play titled The Inflexible Captive (Regulus) opened at the Theatre Royal in Bath.

More was a member of the Blue Stockings Society, a group of female authors who were part of the political movement.

In 1887 More became involved with the Clapham Sect, a group of Christians who were opposed to the slave trade. She became great friends with a member of the group, William Wilberforce.

In 1788 she wrote the poem about an enslaved woman, Slavery.  This poem, along with others, gave the abolition movement a public voice.

In 1789 More, at the urging of Wilberforce, established a Sunday school for poor children in Cowslip Green, Somerset. More schools were set up with the help of her sisters.

Hannah More died at the age of 88.

Books About/Written By Hannah More

Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist

Hannah More: The Woman Who Wouldn’t Stop Writing

Hannah More: The Artist as Reformer



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