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The phenomenal success of the 1977 ABC miniseries Roots all but demanded a sequel to writer Alex Haley's epic story of his African and African-American forebears. Debuting February 18, 1979, Roots: The Next Generations picked up where its predecessor leftoff, with Haley's slave ancestors winning their freedom in the aftermath of the Civil War. Even so, life for black Americans was wrought with hardship and oppression thanks to the rise of the Ku Klux Klan, the staunch refusal of the white power structureto pass anti-lynching laws, and the formation of the dreaded Jim Crow laws which legalized racial segregation in the South (and much of the North). Covering the period from 1882 to the mid-1970s, the miniseries first focuses on blacksmith Tom Harvey (Georg Stanford Brown), great-grandson of Kunta Kinte (the protagonist of the original Roots), and his family. Meanwhile, reacting to the marriage of his son to a black woman, anal-retentive Southern colonel Warner (Henry Fonda) begins setting the legal wheels in motion to deny blacks like Tom the right to vote and to hold "white" jobs. A few decades later, Tom's son-in-law encourages his fellow blacks to stand firm against the KKK's reign of terror. His labors on behalf of his race are rewarded when his daughter Bertha (Irene Cara) becomes the first descendant of Kunta Kinte to receive a college education. It is Bertha Palmer who weds the equally ambitious Simon Haley (Dorian Harewood), who goes on to serve in WWI and to organize farmers and sharecroppers during the Depression. Simon's son Alex (played at various ages by Kristoff St. John, Damon Evans, and finally James Earl Jones) is just as determined to succeed in a white man's world as his father, and to that end becomes a professional writer after his o
Title: Roots: The Next Generations
Genre: TV Mini-Series, Biography
Starring: Georg Stanford Brown, Olivia de Havilland, Henry Fonda, Paul Koslo, Lynne Moody, Debbie Morgan
Directors: Georg Stanford Brown, Charles S. Dubin, Ernest Kinoy, John Erman, Lloyd Richards, Charles Dubin
Studio: Warner Home Video
Number of Discs: 4
Attributes: Widescreen, Subtitled, Slipsleeve Packaging, Slim Pack
Release Date: 10/9/2007
Original Year: 1979
Product Type: DVD
Rated: UNR
UPC: 085391125358
Item #: WBD012535

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