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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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The Civil War and slavery ends, and the system of sharecropping is born. Chicken George returns, allowing the family to safely leave and settle on its own land in Henning, Tenn.
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The nation erupts into war as Chicken George returns to find his sons married with families, however, he must leave within 60 days or the law will forfeit his status as a free man.
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With the Civil War over, Mr. Harvey offers a position on the plantation to any slave who wishes to remain; a senator announces a large purchase of land, upsetting a gathering of plantation owners; torch-wielding masked men visit the former slaves.
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Chicken George is sent to England for his owner's debt. Fourteen years later, he returns home a free man and has a profound effect on the family begun by Kunta Kinte.
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Kunta happily marries Belle, and his long-time friend Fiddler dies. Kunta considers an escape with Belle, but the birth of a daughter changes his mind.
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Finding strength in his memories as a Mandinka warrior, Kunta (Toby) escapes. He gets recaptured, but Belle, the family cook, sets out to raise his spirits.
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After three months, Kunta is put up for auction; he goes to the Reynolds plantation in Spotsylvania, Va., where he is befriended by Fiddler, the American.
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Kunta Kinte, born in Gambia, West Africa, is kidnapped by invading foreigners while on the way back from his ritual manhood training and transferred to a ship bound for America.

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