“Posterity will never forgive us,” lamented John Adams in the musical 1776 after the Second Continental Congress compromised to omit an anti-slavery passage from the Declaration of Independence. “What would posterity think we were? Demi-gods?” responded Benjamin Franklin. “We’re men. No more, no less.” But for more than two centuries, Franklin and the founders have…

Ken Burns’ New Documentary Shows Benjamin Franklin in All His Contradictions