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A Baptist pastor from Philadelphia, Russell H. Conwell’s most widely-known work was his sermon “Acres of Diamonds,” first prepared in 1861 when he was eighteen, and added to and improved upon years later. Over a half century, he would deliver it more than six thousand times, earning some $8 million from lecture fees. It expressed the faith of the age that any enterprising person could succeed and that individual effort was sure to be rewarded.

Source: Russell H.Conwell, Acres of Diamonds. Foreword by Russell F. Weigley (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2002), 23–42

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