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Roots

The landmark dramatization of Alex Haley's classic saga followed his ancestors from Africa into slavery and then to their freedom in the post-Civil War South. Americans watched in record numbers as the epic aired on eight consecutive nights and went on to (more…)

Premiered: January 23, 1977

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The Roots reboot has already cultivated an A-List roster with Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin andLaurence Fishburne signing on, but they're keeping the star power going by adding Mekhi Phifer, T.I.and Matthew Goode to the project, A&E announced Thursday… Read more

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Alex Haley (JONES) is now a successful magazine writer; his latest assignment: an interview with Malcolm X. He later goes on to write The Autobiography of Malcolm X. After the black leader's assassination, Haley sets out to discover his own "roots" and launches a twelve-year search, which culminates with his visit to a small African village.

The Next Generations: Part 4 Season 2, Episode 4 Paid

Simon Haley (HAREWOOD) spends World War I with the 92nd Infantry, Colored, in France. On his return to the States, Simon and his buddies Doxey (WELDON) and Haywood (CASEY) are greeted by a lynch mob in Knoxville, Tennessee. Simon finally arrives in Henning where he marries Bertha (CARA) and announces that they are going to Cornell University where he will take a master's degree in agriculture. Fourteen months later they return to Henning with their first son, Alex Haley.

The Next Generations: Part 2 Season 2, Episode 2 Paid

Tom Harvey's daughter, Cynthia (BANFIELD) falls in love with Will Palmer (SHAW) a railroad worker who soon lands a job at the lumber company. Tensions meanwhile mount in Henning as the white community seeks to strip the blacks of their rights. Will's friend Lee Garnet (MOSLEY) is lynched after accompanying Tom (BROWN) when he fails in his attempt to register to vote.

The Next Generations: Part 1 Season 2, Episode 1 Paid

Tom Harvey (BROWN) assumes the leadership of the black community in Henning, Tennessee from his aging father, Chicken George (LONG). Tom establishes a school but trouble brews when Col. Warner's (FONDA) son, Jim (THOMAS) falls in love with the black schoolteacher, Carrie (HAUSER). Tom meanwhile faces a crisis in his own family when his daughter Elizabeth (MORGAN) falls in love with a light-skinned negro who he considers "too white" for her to marry.

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Behind the Scenes: They Didn’t Come From Chains
02:29 — Take a look behind the scenes of the making of Roots with members of its cast and creative team, and tune in for the premiere this Memorial Day on HIS (more…)
A New Vision for a New Generation
02:03 — Why is the story of Roots still worth exploring? Levar Burton, Anika Noni Rose, Laurence Fishburn, and other members of the cast and creative team dis (more…)
Roots Empowerment Trailer
01:32 — Check out this trailer for HISTORY's "Roots," starring Laurence Fishburne, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anna Paquin, Anika Noni Rose, Forest Whitaker, and Ma (more…)
Know His Name
00:32 — Know his name. Roots premieres Memorial Day on HISTORY.

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  • Premiered: January 23, 1977
  • Rating: None
  • Premise: The landmark dramatization of Alex Haley's classic saga followed his ancestors from Africa into slavery and then to their freedom in the post-Civil War South. Americans watched in record numbers as the epic aired on eight consecutive nights and went on to… (more)

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