Latin America's African roots are explored in visits to Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico and Peru. Included: how Latin Americans of African descent live; how their countries acknowledge or deny their African past.
A tour of Cuba explores its culture, religion, politics and music and how they are linked to slave labor imported to work in the sugar industry during the 19th century. Also: race and racism since the 1959 revolution led by Fidel Castro.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. explores Latin America's African roots in visits to six countries, beginning with Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He explains how Haiti's liberation from the French Empire became a double-edged sword. In the Dominican Republic, he examines how race has been socially constructed in a society where people have inter-married for centuries; and details the nation's troubled history with Haiti.