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Poor Richard's Women: Deborah Read Franklin And The Other Women Behind The Founding Father

Presented by Massachusetts Historical Society at Online/Virtual Space

Feb 08 2022
Poor Richard's Women: Deborah Read Franklin And The Other Women Behind The Founding Father

Everyone knows Benjamin Franklin—the thrifty inventor-statesman of the Revolutionary era—but not about his love life. Poor Richard’s Women reveals the long-neglected voices of the women Ben loved and lost during his lifelong struggle between passion and prudence. The most prominent among them was Deborah Read Franklin, his common-law wife and partner for forty-four years. Long dismissed by historians, she was an independent, politically savvy woman and devoted wife who raised their

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