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Roots: The Complete Miniseries is based on author Alex Haley's Pulitzer Prize winning novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The story is a chronological dramatization of Alex Haley's family roots, starting with his ancestors that were brought into the slave trade and ending with their liberation and freedom. This miniseries was separated into 8 episodes for a total of 12 hours. It was produced by David L. Wolper Productions and Warner Bros. Television in 1977.

The story begins in 1750, with the birth of Kunta Kinte in Gambia, West Africa. At the age of 15, he was captured, sold to a slave trader and traveled aboard a ship for three months to America. As he was bought and sold to various plantation owners he refused to accept his new fate and held strong by his Mandinka roots. As he grew into an adult Kunta refused to give up his heritage and accept being a chattel slave. The miniseries follows Kunta and his family through the years of brutality and oppression that slaves faced on a daily basis, especially when they refused to give up their native roots. It also includes the perspective of the slave owners and the diversity among them. Following generations of Kunta's family; the story concludes with slavery finally being abolished in the United States. .

Roots featured an all-star cast with over 50 actors and actresses. Some of the actors and actresses that starred in this miniseries includes: Ben Vereen, LeVar Burton, John Amos, Leslie Uggams, Carolyn Jones, Louis Gossett Jr., Chuck Connors, Edward Asner, Robert Reed, Lynda Day George, Scatman Crothers, George Hamilton and Maya Angelou. Roots became the most watched miniseries of all time and became the record holder for most Emmys won in a single season. In total it received a Golden Globe Award, a Peabody Award and 9 Emmy Awards.

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  • The Civil War is over but night riders terrorize ex-slaves. By marking his clients' horseshoes, Tom identifies the raiders but endangers his own life. Chicken George, who fought for the Union, rejoins his family. He leads them to a new home in Tennessee.

  • Chicken George is sent to England as payment for his owner's gambling debt. Fourteen years later, he returns home a free man, a status that has a profound effect on the family begun by Kunta Kinte. The Civil War erupts; at last the era of slavery draws to an end.

  • At age 16, Kizzy is sold and bears her new master's son, who grows up to become fun-loving Chicken George. Yearning to see her parents, Kizzy is comforted by Samuel Bennett, but they are ill-matched. When she returns to her birthplace, Kizzy learns of her parents' fates.

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