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(1977– )

Goofs

Anachronisms 

According to the story's timeline, the Akan and Kunte Kinte discuss running north to the safety of the abolitionist movement in the late 1700's. The abolitionist movement was a fringe movement until the early 1800s.
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When the Slave Doctor is examining Kunta Kinte in Annapolis in 1767, he is singing and humming "Pop Goes the Weasel". The music was written around 1799, and the full lyrics were published in America in 1850.
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While in the empty hold of the Lord Ligonier with Mr. Slater, Captain Davies lights a friction match to light two cigars. These were not invented until 1805; the scene was in 1767.
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Hank Williams song "Take These Chains From My Heart,"released in 1947, is played in one episode.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Kunta holds baby Kizzy for the first time, Kunta's mouth is visible at the left edge of the screen. He speaks, but his mouth doesn't move.
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Continuity 

When Chicken George returns from England and he first sees his wife, he slowly takes off his white gloves as they approach each other. When he wraps his arms around her, the gloves are back on.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Kunta Kinte throws a stone at the leopard, its leash rustles in the leaves after the leopard runs off.
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Errors in geography 

Much of the topography and flora throughout the series is wrong for the areas in which it was set. The Reynolds plantation, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, is in a mountainous with a lot of plants native to dry areas, like Southern California. In real life, Spotsylvania County is flat and rainy.
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Factual errors 

The merchant ship "Lord Ligonier" flies a White Ensign flag. Merchant ships fly the Red Ensign. The White Ensign is only flown by ships of the Royal Navy.
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Revealing mistakes 

Kizzy, a slave who works in the fields, has long, beautifully manicured fingernails.
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Toby escapes from Mr. Reynolds, and wakes to snow that appears to be foam. It drips off onto the blanket and sticks to his hands without melting.
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