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The Most Influential Reformer You've Never Heard of

Hannah More shows us what happens when Christians focus on world-changing instead of in-fighting.
The Most Influential Reformer You've Never Heard of

Update: Karen Swallow Prior's much-anticipated book on Hannah More, Fierce Convictions, released October 28, 2014.

Editor's note: Today's post continues our Women's History Month series, connecting our contemporary efforts for justice with the evangelical women who came before us. We will feature "women of character, courage, and commitment" each Wednesday in March.

Hannah More might just be the most influential reformer you've never heard of. (If you've seen the 2006 movie Amazing Grace, or read the companion book by Eric Metaxas, then you may remember her from a couple of small but significant scenes.)

Hannah More was one of William Wilberforce's most beloved friends and part of a small circle who worked most closely with him to abolish the British slave trade in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. She played so central a role in this and many other significant social reforms of the 19th century that she has been called "the first ...

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