Let's Be Frank Episode 17

The Speech of Polly Baker

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Let's Be Frank returns for its second Season!

Episode 17 features the Speech of Miss Polly Baker, who was taken to court for having a child out of wedlock. With echoes rippling from the past to the present, come sit a spell and indulge your curiosity with your new favorite Founding Father.


1. “Founders Online: The Speech of Miss Polly Baker, 15 April 1747.” National Archives and Records Administration. Accessed September 3, 2023. https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Franklin/01-03-02-0057. 

2. Magazine, Smithsonian. “Benjamin Franklin Was a Middle-Aged Widow Named Silence Dogood (and a Few Other Women).” Smithsonian.com, January 17, 2017. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/benjamin-franklin-was-middle-aged-widow-named-silence-dogood-and-few-other-women-180961781/.