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Roots is a miniseries made for American television that traces the life of a West African warrior named Kunta Kinte. This drama series delves into the intricacies that faced native peoples and the European forces that colonized the area. Kinta is a Mandinka, and each episode tells his own story, as well as that of his family's legacy as they try to face and rebel against local authorities. Local families often faced off against each other in order to gain favor with the colonizing authorities, but this meant that many, like Kunta Kinte ended up being sold and traded as property.

Daily 9:00 PM et/pt on History
1 Season, 6 Episodes
May 30, 2016
Drama, Mini-Series
7.9/10
Cast: Herbert Cavalier Jr., Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Malachi Kirby, Forest Whitaker
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  • Chicken George returns to the Lea farm after 2 decades; George's son, Tom, nurses a grudge against his father; George and Cyrus join the Memphis Colored Battery; Tom returns home after the war to embark on a new life with his family.

  • George becomes an accomplished trainer of gamecocks and earns the nickname of Chicken George; George marries Matilda, a preacher's daughter, and fathers many children; Tom Lea loses a wager with an Englishman and sells George to save his farm.

  • Redcoats attempt to persuade slaves to run away and join the English army; Kunta escapes but slave catchers apprehend him and amputate half of his foot to ensure he never runs off again; John Waller sells Kunta to his younger brother, William.

  • A one hour, unblinking and fact-filled look at the real history of slavery, as revealed in Roots.

  • In the river region of The Gambia in 1750, Omoro Kinte and his wife, Binta, give birth to a son, Kunta; Kunta is kidnapped in 1767 and sold to British slave traders; after arriving in Maryland, Virginia planter John Waller purchases Kunta.

  • A one hour "behind the scenes" special featuring the stars of Roots, as well as interviews with producers and historians.

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