Benjamin Franklin

Ken Burns’s two-part, four-hour documentary, "Benjamin Franklin," explores the revolutionary life of one of the18th century's most consequential and compelling personalities, whose work and words unlocked the mystery of electricity and helped create the United States.

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Corporate funding for BENJAMIN FRANKLIN was provided by Bank of America. Major funding was provided by David M. Rubenstein. Major funding was also provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and by The Better Angels Society and its members Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine; University of Pennsylvania; Gilchrist and Amy Berg; Perry and Donna Golkin; Kissick Family Foundation; Deborah and Jon Dawson; Diane and Hal Brierley; McCloskey Family Charitable Trust; Cappy and Janie McGarr; Lavender Butterfly Fund; and Susan and Charles Shanor Charitable Trust.

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A Discussion with Mandy Patinkin and Michael Douglas

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Ken Burns speaks with Mandy Patinkin and Michael Douglas.



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Franklin and Revolution

01:15:12

Filmmakers and special guests explore Franklin's writing in this virtual event series.

Benjamin Franklin and American Diplomacy

56:05

Filmmakers and special guests explore Franklin's writing in this virtual event series.

Franklin and Innovation

59:03

Filmmakers and special guests explore Franklin's writing in this virtual event series.

Franklin and Writing

01:01:26

Filmmakers and special guests explore Franklin's writing in this virtual event series.