Benjamin Franklin
A Revolutionary Genius

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Let the Experiment Be Made
Benjamin Franklin is born the 15th son of a modest candlemaker in puritanical Boston, a world circumscribed by superstition and religious intolerance. Taken out of school at the age of…
The Making of a Revolutionary
Benjamin Franklin is outgrowing the colonies; when Pennsylvania asks him to go to England on official business, he jumps at the chance. Accompanied by his beloved son, William, Franklin takes…
The Chess Master
By far the oldest of the principal leaders of the American Revolution, Franklin, now in his 70s, embarks upon the most important role of his life. The American Revolution doesn't…

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