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Bigbeer wrote:


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I’m looking forward to starting Ken Burns’ Benjamin Franklin.

I recorded that last night not knowing it was a Burns’ project. Now I’m doubly excited to watch it today.

This was fascinating, so many facts about the Rwvokutionary War that you “kinda” knew, like that we wouldn’t have won our independence without France’s massive help but it almost bankrupted their country in the process. The war estranging him from his son was interesting. I also didn’t know that at the time of the Declaration of Inpendence Franklin was 66 and Thomas Jefferson was 32. The Continental Congress hashing out the Constitution in 1787 and all the crazy options they considered: Alexander Hamilton wanted a President who was elected for life (yikes!) and Franklin wanted a three person committee to head the executive branch. Also found it amusing that at the time they were working out the Constitution in Philly Franklin had debilitating gout and kidney stones so bad he had to be carried to Independence Hall every day and take opium tinctures.

I’ve read up on Franklin previously but that was about 25 years ago, and like you there were plenty of stories (including most of the ones you listed) that were new to me. I forgot or did not realize how much he was revered globally and basically a rock star of his era.

He was about 30 years older than most of the other Founding Fathers and they didn’t really know him. They thought he was kinda odd but respected him cause he was the most famous American in the world. When he went to France he was a celebrity and they sold pictures of him everywhere. One of the French royalty resented it and put one of the pictures of him in the bottom of his chamber pot. I also didn’t realize he spent all of the Revolutionary War in France working them for funding and shipping supplies over to fight the war. They said he was the second most important person in the Revoltuionary War (Washington) and he was in France the whole time.


I subscribed to the PBS Documentaries channel on Prime to watch the Country Music one. There are a lot of other good ones on there, but most are older and watch more like a high school movie from the 90s when I watched them. Been waiting for some new things to come out so glad to hear about this one, I will add it to my list. I had a collection of Who’s Who books when I was a kid and Ben Franklin was one of those books. I did a report on him in middle school too, using my mom’s set of encyclopedias!