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01:32 — Watch an exclusive trailer for the epic 4-part miniseries.
02:20 — Historians talk about our changing understanding of the horrors of the slave trade's "middle passage" from Africa to America.
03:15 — Though the Emancipation Proclamation signaled the end of slavery, freedom remained elusive.
In the role of Roots' author Alex Haley, Laurence Fishburne fulfills a lifelong dream of being part of this iconic miniseries.