Benjamin Franklin 2002 | TV Show Watchlist

Season 1, Episode 3 The Chess Master

First Aired: November 20, 2002

Conclusion: “The Chess Master” follows “America's native genius,” as historian Keith Arbour calls Franklin, through the final 14 years of his life, nine of which were spent in Paris as the rebellious colonies' ambassador to France. Franklin's first goal (aside from creating the U.S. foreign service on the fly) was to secure financial and military aid. He went about doing it in the same manner as he played chess. “There are always 16 or 32 moves to think of in advance,” says Arbour. And, adds historian H.W. Brands: “He wasn't above moving the pieces.” Richard Easton plays Franklin; Colm Feore narrates.

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