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Poor Richard Improved

Poor Richard Improved

Author: Benjamin Franklin

Year Published: 1758

Description: In this preface to the 1758 edition of Poor Richard's Almanac, Benjamin Franklin wittily recaps 25 years of adages and advice about the virtues of industry, frugality and honesty through a speech given by Father Abraham to a group of people. Also printed as "Father Abraham's Speech" and "The Way to Wealth," it is the most extensively reprinted of all of Franklin's writings and is widely credited with helping to shape the vision of a separate American nation rooted in the ideals of independence and assiduousness.

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