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Alex Haley (EVANS) joins the Coast Guard after leaving college. He meets and marries Nan Branch (ALLEN) before being sent to the South Pacific during WWII. In the service he also discovers a passion for writing inspired by a lucrative business writing love letters for his shipmates. After the war he reenlists and moves to New York with Nan and their two children. His marriage crumbles as he spends all of his time writing.
Seventeen years later: Will Palmer (SHAW) prospers as the owner of the lumber company. His daughter Bertha (CARA) goes to college where she falls in love with Simon Haley (HAREWOOD), a poor sharecropper's son. Bertha picks up Simon's diploma as he leaves school a week early to join the Army and World War I.
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.
1865: The Civil War and slavery ends while the system of sharecropping is born. Chicken George returns allowing the family to safely leave and settle on their own land in Henning, Tennessee.
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- Premiered: May 30, 2016
- Rating: TV-14
- Premise: A family tries to overcome the hardships of slavery to survive and build a legacy. (more)
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