With 8 soldiers hanged for staging a mutiny in the 24th Infantry, Bertha is worried about Simon. Criticizing the army during wartime isn't necessarily a safe practice however. Will Palmer finds that the local draft board isn't applying the rules fairly to blacks. The army is commanded by white officers only and black men get little respect. One of Simon's fellow black soldier, Heywood, is badly beaten by a State Trooper and some in the platoon want to take revenge, but its Heywood who talks sense into them. They're soon sent overseas and in France face the Germans in combat but failure to provide covering artillery fire leads to death as they attempt to take out a machine-gun nest. While in the trenches, Simon learns that his father died on the operating table. He is also wounded in a gas attack and in hospital meets a Senegalese soldier. They celebrate Armistice day and make plans for the future, Simon believes that it will be different for blacks at home now that they've fought for ... Written by
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This episode takes place from 1917 to 1921. See more
Bertha tells her parents that the baby is called "Alexander Murray Palmer Haley" and this was indeed the real Alex Haley's full name. The "Murray" is for his maternal grandmother's family and was in turn taken from the family to whom they belonged as slaves until the end of the Civil War. However in the original "Roots" the owners were called "Harvey" so this should have been one of the baby's names. See more