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.
Cast & Details See all »
- Premiered: November 19, 2002
- Rating: TV-G
- Premise: The life and achievements of America's revolutionary genius are chronciled in his own words (plus those of a parade of historians). Produced by the production team responsible for the 1997 PBS series `Liberty! The American Revolution.' (more)
Trending TonightSee all »
Who once caused a "clean up on Aisle 6" at the grocery store?
By Peter Pauper PressBuy New: $4.60
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: In His Own Words, the Life of the Inventor, Philosopher, Satirist, Political Theorist, Statesman, and Diplomat
By ReadaClassic.comBuy New: $9.95
By A&E Home VideoBuy New: $15.48