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2008

6 Feb. 2008
The Road Home
Episode one focuses on stories of participants' ancestors in the early 20th century, including the tragic account of Tom Joyner's great-uncles, who were executed in 1915 for a crime that evidence suggests they did not commit, and Bliss Broyard's stunning discovery about the identity of her father - renowned New York Times critic Anatole Broyard - at the time of his death.
 
6 Feb. 2008
A Way Out of No Way
Episode two continues to trace the guests' lineages back through the late 1800s to the Civil War, featuring such stories as that of Chris Rock's great-great-grandfather, a black Civil War veteran who was twice elected to the South Carolina State Legislature, and Don Cheadle's great-great-grandparents, who, as Chickasaw Freedmen, struggled to build lives for themselves in Oklahoma after being excluded from the tribal rolls.
 
13 Feb. 2008
We Come from People
Episode three reveals stories of participants' ancestors during the early years of the United States, including a riveting account of life in slavery by Morgan Freeman's great-grandmother, unearthed within the records of the Depression-era Works Progress Administration, and Peter Gomes' ancestors, who were freed and supported by Quaker families in Virginia in the late 1700s.
 
13 Feb. 2008
The Past Is Another Country
Episode four presents fascinating discoveries about participants' lineages, thanks to DNA analysis, including a groundbreaking study linking Professor Gates to a powerful medieval Irish warlord and evidence that Peter Gomes' direct paternal line traces back to a Portuguese Jew who fled the country in the early 1500s to escape the Inquisition.
 

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