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Roots: The Next Generations 

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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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Ernest Kinoy
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Debbi Morgan ...  Elizabeth Harvey / ... 6 episodes, 1979
Dorian Harewood ...  Simon Haley 5 episodes, 1979
Paul Koslo ...  Earl Crowther 4 episodes, 1979
Stan Shaw ...  Will Palmer 4 episodes, 1979
Marc Singer ...  Andy Warner 4 episodes, 1979
Lynn Hamilton ...  Cousin Georgia Anderson 4 episodes, 1979
Fay Hauser ...  Carrie Warner / ... 4 episodes, 1979
Irene Cara ...  Bertha Palmer Haley 3 episodes, 1979
Ruby Dee ...  Queen Haley 3 episodes, 1979
Henry Fonda ...  Colonel Frederick Warner 3 episodes, 1979
Richard Thomas ...  Jim Warner 3 episodes, 1979
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Georg Stanford Brown ...  Tom Harvey 2 episodes, 1979
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Lynne Moody ...  Irene Harvey 2 episodes, 1979
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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 <kchishol@execulink.com>

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The true story of one family, from Chicken George to Alex Haley...Through four generations, a century of American history, two World Wars to our own times...and back to Africa, where it all began. See more »

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Drama | History | War

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USA

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English | Mandingo

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18 February 1979 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Writer Ernest Kinoy originally wrote an outline based on the final seven chapters of Alex Haley's book Roots: The Saga of an American Family and about 1,000 pages worth of family recollections that Alex Haley dictated into a tape recorder. See more »

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Kunte Kinte's legacy lives on
6 September 2015 | by bkoganbingSee 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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