A competing chicken fighter asks George for permission to make an offer to buy him (and his wife and sons) and train and fight his chickens, while earning a share of the prize money. In return, he would give George his freedom in five years. Mr. Moore turns down the offer and George realizes that Moore will not let him leave for any amount of money under any circumstance. Kizzy is forced to tell George that Moore is his father. Moore threatens to sell one of the family members if George won't fight his chickens any more. A misplaced bet takes George to England. Written by
Chapter five begins in 1841, Tom Moore and his son Chicken George traveling far and wide earning their keep fighting cocks. This is the period when Nat Moore had white folks terrified of all blacks, with Tom's wife (Carolyn Jones) taking pot shots at George in the mistaken belief that he killed her husband. With Tom in heavy debt he's forced to give up his prize trainer George for a princely sum, but only after George finally learns the truth from his mother Kizzy that Tom is his father. Leaving wife Matilda (Olivia Cole) and children behind, George is off to England to see if he can earn enough money to finance his own freedom. Meanwhile, Tom's debts force him to divest himself of all his slaves, so when George returns to the US a free man he's reunited with his family on the North Carolina plantation of Sam Harvey (Richard McKenzie), in 1861 Alamance County. The first person he encounters is Irene (Lynne Moody), beautiful wife of his blacksmith son Tom (Georg Stanford Brown). Matilda rejoices in having her man home at last, but George's freedom doesn't sit well with local storekeeper Evan Brent (Lloyd Bridges) or his brother Jemmy (Doug McClure), who reveal that he can only stay in the state for 60 days, or risk becoming a slave again.
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