African American Lives (2006– )

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This 4 part PBS series attempts to trace the roots of 8 guests using genealogy, oral history, family stories, and DNA analysis.

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Series cast summary:
Benjamin Carson Sr. ...
 Himself (4 episodes, 2006)
Henry Louis Gates ...
 Himself (4 episodes, 2006)
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Mae C. Jemison ...
 Herself (4 episodes, 2006)
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Jane Ailes ...
 Herself (2 episodes, 2006)
Ira Berlin ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2006)
Henry Louis Gates Sr. ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2006)
Helen Gates Stephens ...
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James Horton ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2006)


This 4 part PBS series attempts to trace the roots of 8 guests using genealogy, oral history, family stories, and DNA analysis.

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1 February 2006 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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Followed by Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr. (2010) See more »

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Absolutely really never know where your relatives are from until you are tested!
11 February 2007 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This was a great series--great scientifically and great "sociology".

A number of prominent African Americans undergo historical research, genealogy research, recollections and DNA testing to understand the origins of each's own family. With slavery disrupting all social bonds and separation of the young from their parents, many peoples experiencing slavery and servitude in their past genuinely don't know "where I am from".

The DNA testing is very extensive--not the usual $99 special that testing companies offer. In this PBS special they do maternal and paternal line tracing, and also population features--and EXPLAINED everything. This was really very cool without the silly horror music and making science seem tricky just to give it "mystery", so everything was very straightforward.

Highly recommended--best science documentary since the COSMOS seriously.

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