Season 1

Ken Burns's two-part, four-hour documentary, Benjamin Franklin, explores the revolutionary life of one of the 18th century's most consequential and compelling personalities, whose work and words unlocked the mystery of electricity and helped create the United States. "Write things worth reading," he said in "Poor Richard’s Almanack," "or do things worth the writing." Benjamin Franklin did both.

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Benjamin Franklin

“Join or Die” (1706-1774)

After success as a Philadelphia printer Benjamin Franklin earns worldwide fame in science.

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“Join or Die” (1706-1774)

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Benjamin Franklin

“An American” (1775-1790)

Benjamin Franklin helps craft the Declaration of Independence and wins French support.

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“An American” (1775-1790)

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Benjamin Franklin

Spanish Version | “Join or Die” (1706-1774)

After success as a Philadelphia printer Benjamin Franklin earns worldwide fame in science.

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Spanish Version | “Join or Die” (1706-1774)

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Benjamin Franklin

Spanish Version | “An American” (1775-1790)

Benjamin Franklin helps craft the Declaration of Independence and wins French support.

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Spanish Version | “An American” (1775-1790)