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Poor Richard's Women: Deborah Read Franklin and the Other Women Behind the Founding Father

Nancy Stuart

Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 6:00PM - 7:00PM

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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 children, managed his finances, and fought off angry mobs at gunpoint while he traipsed about England. Nancy Stuart offers a colorful and poignant portrait of women in the age of the Revolution. Set two centuries before the rise of feminism, Poor Richard’s Women depicts the feisty, often-forgotten women dear to Ben’s heart who, despite obstacles, achieved an independence rarely enjoyed by their peers in that era.

Online event

Due to rising Covid cases in the area, this event will now be held virtually from 6:00-7:00. Contact programs@masshist.org if you have any questions.