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Georg Stanford Brown and Paul Winfield star in a 1979 miniseries.

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Alex Haley retires from the Coast Guard and pursues his career as a freelance writer; a visit to Henning re-ignites his interest in discovering his roots.
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After dropping out of college and joining the Coast Guard, Alex meets and marries Nan Branch; he re-enlists and begins his writing career.
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Alex Haley learns his family history from his grandfather.
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In 1918, Simon Haley enlists in the Army and sees action in France; upon his return to the United States, he and Bertha leave Henning to attend school in the North.
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Will's daughter Bertha becomes the first of Kunta Kinte's descendants to go to college, where she meets the young and ambitious Simon Haley.
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Tom's daughter Cynthia marries Will Palmer, a lumberyard laborer who eventually takes over the business when its hard-drinking owner loses control.
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Alex Haley's saga of a black American family resumes in 1882 Henning, Tenn., with blacksmith Tom Harvey (Georg Stanford Brown) as the family patriarch. This episode: Black schoolteacher Carrie Barden (Fay Hauser) marries Jim Warner (Richard Thomas), white son of the town's leading cit.

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A 1977 miniseries based on Alex Haley's book tells the story of African teen Kunta Kinte, brought to America to be enslaved, and the generations of his family.
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