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The dramatization of Alex Haley's family line from post Civil War America to the writer's search for his roots.


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Series cast summary:
 Simon Haley (5 episodes, 1979)
 Elizabeth Harvey (5 episodes, 1979)
 Earl Crowther (4 episodes, 1979)
 Will Palmer (4 episodes, 1979)
 Andy Warner (4 episodes, 1979)
 Carrie / ... (4 episodes, 1979)
 Cousin Georgia (4 episodes, 1979)
 Bertha Palmer Haley (3 episodes, 1979)
 Queen Haley (3 episodes, 1979)
 Colonel Frederick Warner (3 episodes, 1979)
 Jim Warner (3 episodes, 1979)
 Cynthia Palmer (3 episodes, 1979)
 Tom Harvey (2 episodes, 1979)
 Mrs. Warner (2 episodes, 1979)
Lynne Moody ...
 Irene Harvey (2 episodes, 1979)
 Cynthia Palmer (2 episodes, 1979)
 Frankie Warner (2 episodes, 1979)
 Lucy Damson (2 episodes, 1979)
 Hapgood / ... (2 episodes, 1979)
Damu King ...
 Corporal / ... (2 episodes, 1979)
Royce Wallace ...
 Minnie (2 episodes, 1979)


This series continues the story of Alex Haley's family line from the Post American Civil War era to Alex Haley's geneological search to discover his roots. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <>

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Release Date:

18 February 1979 (USA)  »

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Debbi Morgan (Elizabeth "Liz" Harvey) appears in six of the series' seven episodes, more than anyone else. See more »


Edited into Voskovec & Werich - paralelní osudy (2012) See more »

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Kunte Kinte's legacy lives on
6 September 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although Roots is about slavery it is also about family and legacy and as such has a universal message. The superb quality of the first mini- series is carried on in Roots: The Next Generation.

The first series left off at the Reconstruction Era where hopes of legal, economic, and social equality are dashed, most especially during the Populist era of the 1890s. That was when a lot of demagogic politicians especially those in the South linked racism to economic advancement for poor whites. A legacy the South still has to deal with today.

Great Grandson Tom Harvey of Kunte Kinte from Africa and his wife Irene played by Georg Stanford Brown and Lynne Moody carrying on from the first series. Legends of Kunte Kinte renamed Toby here are handed down to the family as he's referred to as 'the old African'. The issues in their different forms are being addressed down to the present generation as author Alex Haley played by James Earl Jones rediscovers and documents the family's African roots.

Marlon Brando won an Emmy and is unforgettable as George Lincoln Rockwell head of the American Nazi Party. You will not forget his performance as the personification of hate and James Earl Jones's extreme uncomfortableness doing an interview. By contrast Jones develops a rough rapport with Malcolm X played by Al Freeman and gets his first acclaim as a writer doing Malcolm's autobiography.

One role I particularly liked was that of John Hancock who is the CPO of the steward's mess in The Coast Guard and mentor to young Alex Haley played by Damon Evans. It's a similar to the non-commissioned officer that Hancock played in A Soldier's Story.

Also in a mentoring role of sorts is Ossie Davis who mentors Alex Haley's father Simon Haley played by Dorian Harewood in the ways of being a Pullman Porter. The issues involving that job and the organization by A. Phillip Randolph of The Brotherhood Of Sleeping Car Porters ares touched on here, but dealt with fully in 10,000 Black Men Named George.

Roots: The Next Generation continues an excellent tradition and will be seen by more generations than the old African Kunte Kinte could have imagined.

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