Roots - The Next Generations

Roots - The Next Generations

[4 dvd box set]


Debbie Allen, Barbara Barrie, Marlon Brando, James Broderick, Irene Cara, Diahann Carroll, Bernie Casey, Lee Chamberlin, Michael Constantine, Robert Culp, James Daly, Olivia de Havilland, Ruby Dee, Damon Evans, Norman Fell, Henry Fonda, Al Freeman, jr., Slim Gaillard, Pam Grier, Rosey Grier, Andy Griffith, Dorian Harewood, Kene Holliday, Rafer Johnson, James Earl Jones, Paul Koslo, Avon Long, Claudia McNeil, Carmen McRae, Dina Merrill, Lynne Moody, Harry Morgan, Greg Morris, Roger E. Mosley, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Beah Richards, Percy Rodrigues, John Rubinstein, Stan Shaw, Marc Singer, Richard thomas, George Voskovec, Hal Williams, Paul Winfield


Georg Stanford Brown, Charles S. Dubin, John Erman, Lloyd Richards

Episode 1: Henning, TN, 1882 - Kunta Kinte's progeny live free, although the family isn't treated equally. Jim Crow laws are on the rise. Tom Harvey, now the family head, has opened a school and is pressed by ex-Confederate Col. Warner to close it when Warner's son falls in love with the schoolmarm. But Tom knows education can help break the chains of second-class citizenship.

Episode 2: 1896 - "I is a free man!" Tom thunders, yet threats to freedom abound. An unfair literacy test impedes Tom's right to vote, and hard-luck Lee Garnet is murdered as an "example" to others. The courtship of Tom's daughter Cynthia and Will Palmer is a tender counterpoint to the violence. Their first child Bertha George will become the mother of Alex Haley.

Episode 3: 1914 - As Henning grows, so does the lumber company run by Will. He sends daughter Bertha to Lane College, where she meets her future husband, poor sharecropper's son Simon Haley. Simon works on a Pullman to earn college money, learning the ropes from longtime porter Dad Jones. When America enters the war to end all wars, Simon enlists.

Episode 4: Institutionalized military bias shackles America's World War I black troops. Simon fights in France with the 92nd Infantry, Colored. He returns to marry Bertha; their first child is Alexander Murray Palmer Haley.

Episode 5: 1932 - The influences that shape young Alex Haley come into focus. Grandfather Will shows him the section of California Redwood charting the family history. Now a professor, Simon emphasizes education. When cousin Georgia and others recount stories of Africa, Alex listens intently. But it is also a time of loss: Bertha dies at a young age.

Episode 6: Restless Alex leaves college and enrolls in the Coast Guard. During World War II service in the Pacific, he dioscovers his gift for writing and decides to make journalism his livelihood. His single-minded career pursuit costs him his marriage to Nan.

Episode 7: "We don't need no X," Cousin Georgia says. "We knows our name: Kinte." The X refers to Malcolm X, who substitutes the letter for his unknown African name. Alex wins the controversial leader's trust and later collaborates on The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Alex draws top journalistic assignments, including a tense interview with American Nazi leader George Lincoln Rockwell. Then Alex begins a 12-year quest to confirm his family's story.

Price: $54.99 [DVD]

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