Exploring the life and work of writer and publisher, scientist and inventor, diplomat and signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution: Benjamin Franklin.A slaveholder who was its evil late in the game. A scientist of Nobel-quality and a great inventor who allowed his inventions to benefit the public while not milking them for profit. A committed Briton who essentially lost his son because Franklin started to see himself as an American. Yet, he ‘saves’ that same sons’ out-of-wedlock child. A man so in tune with others but whom effectively abandoned his wife. Probably the best diplomat and possibly the best politician to ever serve our nation.Ken Burns has again brought to light the subject’s complexity, enlightening us on many facets of his life that our schools history abbreviated, to our school childrens’ detriment.OK, his link to the FreeMasons wasn’t mentioned. Maybe Ken Burns will do a series on that.
Stars : Mandy Patinkin, Peter Coyote, Craig Mellish, Mandy Patinkin, Peter Coyote, Craig Mellish