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Raikes, Robert
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(Sep 14, 1735, Gloucester – Apr 5, 1811, Gloucester), founder of the Sunday School movement. Raikes inherited a successful newspaper, the Gloucester Journal, and used the proceeds to promote a variety of philanthropic causes, especially prison reform. In 1780 he and a local curate established a Sunday School in Gloucester, and Raikes publicized its opening in the Journal. The idea attracted wide attention, and Sunday Schools were quickly set up throughout Britain, Ireland, and America. J. Wesley remarked that the schools were “one of th…

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Carter, Grayson, “Raikes, Robert”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024802>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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