History Series / Roots

31st May '16 11:16:27 PM sanfranman91
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[=LeVar-] Burton helped produce a remake of the first series in 2016 that apparently had new facts that had come up about Kunta Kinte's life since the first one was made (they included his growing up in a city rather than a village and that he knew several languages, including a smattering of English).

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[=LeVar-] [=LeVar=] Burton helped produce a remake of the first series in 2016 that apparently had new facts that had come up about Kunta Kinte's life since the first one was made (they included his growing up in a city rather than a village and that he knew several languages, including a smattering of English).
31st May '16 11:16:07 PM sanfranman91
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LeVar Burton helped produce a remake of the first series in 2016 that apparently had new facts that had come up about Kunta Kinte's life since the first one was made (they included his growing up in a city rather than a village and that he knew several languages, including a smattering of English).

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LeVar [=LeVar-] Burton helped produce a remake of the first series in 2016 that apparently had new facts that had come up about Kunta Kinte's life since the first one was made (they included his growing up in a city rather than a village and that he knew several languages, including a smattering of English).
31st May '16 6:30:29 PM Fireblood
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Though the series is (rightly) praised for its unflinching depiction of the brutality of the Atlantic slave trade, its depiction of White "slave catchers" is [[RuleOfDrama a bit historically inaccurate]]. In RealLife, though the slave trade itself was facilitated by European and American traders, slavery was well-institutionalized in West African states, which were often as well-developed as their European counterparts. Most African slaves were already enslaved by other Africans, when they were sold to Europeans, most often by having been taken as captives in warfare, and sold them for profit in legal trade--not by white slavers who traveled into the interior of Africa to quietly ambush slaves one by one (indeed, Europeans who sought to forcibly and illegally capture slaves were typically dealt with mercilessly by forces of the African states well into 18th century. Not to mention there were many tropical diseases whites suffered from that made it dangerous). This involvement of Africans in others' enslavement is mentioned in the series but not directly shown (the remake corrects it, showing that slaves were sold by other Africans).

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Though the series is (rightly) praised for its unflinching depiction of the brutality of the Atlantic slave trade, its depiction of White "slave catchers" is [[RuleOfDrama a bit historically inaccurate]]. In RealLife, though the slave trade itself was facilitated by European and American traders, slavery was well-institutionalized in West African states, which were often as well-developed as their European counterparts. Most African slaves were already enslaved by other Africans, when they were sold to Europeans, most often by having been taken as captives in warfare, and sold them for profit in legal trade--not by white slavers who traveled into the interior of Africa to quietly ambush slaves one by one (indeed, Europeans who sought to forcibly and illegally capture slaves were typically dealt with mercilessly by forces of the African states well into 18th century. Not to mention there were many tropical diseases whites suffered from that made it dangerous). This involvement of Africans in others' enslavement is mentioned in the series but not directly shown (the remake corrects it, showing that slaves were sold by other Africans). it).
31st May '16 6:30:13 PM Fireblood
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Though the series is (rightly) praised for its unflinching depiction of the brutality of the Atlantic slave trade, its depiction of White "slave catchers" is [[RuleOfDrama a bit historically inaccurate]]. In RealLife, though the slave trade itself was facilitated by European and American traders, slavery was well-institutionalized in West African states, which were often as well-developed as their European counterparts. Most African slaves were already enslaved by other Africans, when they were sold to Europeans, most often by having been taken as captives in warfare, and sold them for profit in legal trade--not by white slavers who traveled into the interior of Africa to quietly ambush slaves one by one (indeed, Europeans who sought to forcibly and illegally capture slaves were typically dealt with mercilessly by forces of the African states well into 18th century. Not to mention there were many tropical diseases whites suffered from that made it dangerous). This involvement of Africans in others' enslavement is mentioned in the series but not directly shown (the remake corrects it, showing that Kunte and others were enslaved by other Africans).

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Though the series is (rightly) praised for its unflinching depiction of the brutality of the Atlantic slave trade, its depiction of White "slave catchers" is [[RuleOfDrama a bit historically inaccurate]]. In RealLife, though the slave trade itself was facilitated by European and American traders, slavery was well-institutionalized in West African states, which were often as well-developed as their European counterparts. Most African slaves were already enslaved by other Africans, when they were sold to Europeans, most often by having been taken as captives in warfare, and sold them for profit in legal trade--not by white slavers who traveled into the interior of Africa to quietly ambush slaves one by one (indeed, Europeans who sought to forcibly and illegally capture slaves were typically dealt with mercilessly by forces of the African states well into 18th century. Not to mention there were many tropical diseases whites suffered from that made it dangerous). This involvement of Africans in others' enslavement is mentioned in the series but not directly shown (the remake corrects it, showing that Kunte and others slaves were enslaved sold by other Africans). Africans).
31st May '16 6:29:48 PM Fireblood
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Though the series is (rightly) praised for its unflinching depiction of the brutality of the Atlantic slave trade, its depiction of White "slave catchers" is [[RuleOfDrama a bit historically inaccurate]]. In RealLife, though the slave trade itself was facilitated by European and American traders, slavery was well-institutionalized in West African states, which were often as well-developed as their European counterparts. Most African slaves were already enslaved by other Africans, when they were sold to Europeans, most often by having been taken as captives in warfare, and sold them for profit in legal trade--not by white slavers who traveled into the interior of Africa to quietly ambush slaves one by one (indeed, Europeans who sought to forcibly and illegally capture slaves were typically dealt with mercilessly by forces of the African states well into 18th century. Not to mention there were many tropical diseases whites suffered from that made it dangerous). This involvement of Africans in others' enslavement is mentioned in the series but not directly shown (the remake corrects it).

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Though the series is (rightly) praised for its unflinching depiction of the brutality of the Atlantic slave trade, its depiction of White "slave catchers" is [[RuleOfDrama a bit historically inaccurate]]. In RealLife, though the slave trade itself was facilitated by European and American traders, slavery was well-institutionalized in West African states, which were often as well-developed as their European counterparts. Most African slaves were already enslaved by other Africans, when they were sold to Europeans, most often by having been taken as captives in warfare, and sold them for profit in legal trade--not by white slavers who traveled into the interior of Africa to quietly ambush slaves one by one (indeed, Europeans who sought to forcibly and illegally capture slaves were typically dealt with mercilessly by forces of the African states well into 18th century. Not to mention there were many tropical diseases whites suffered from that made it dangerous). This involvement of Africans in others' enslavement is mentioned in the series but not directly shown (the remake corrects it). it, showing that Kunte and others were enslaved by other Africans).
31st May '16 6:19:55 PM Fireblood
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Though the series is (rightly) praised for its unflinching depiction of the brutality of the Atlantic slave trade, its depiction of White "slave catchers" is [[RuleOfDrama a bit historically inaccurate]]. In RealLife, though the slave trade itself was facilitated by European and American traders, slavery was well-institutionalized in West African states, which were often as well-developed as their European counterparts. Most African slaves were already enslaved by other Africans, when they were sold to Europeans, most often by having been taken as captives in warfare, and sold them for profit in legal trade--not by White slavers who traveled into the interior of Africa to quietly ambush slaves one by one (Indeed, Europeans who sought to forcibly and illegally capture slaves were typically dealt with mercilessly by forces of the African states well into 18th century). This involvement of Africans in others' enslavement is mentioned in the series but not directly shown.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Though the series is (rightly) praised for its unflinching depiction of the brutality of the Atlantic slave trade, its depiction of White "slave catchers" is [[RuleOfDrama a bit historically inaccurate]]. In RealLife, though the slave trade itself was facilitated by European and American traders, slavery was well-institutionalized in West African states, which were often as well-developed as their European counterparts. Most African slaves were already enslaved by other Africans, when they were sold to Europeans, most often by having been taken as captives in warfare, and sold them for profit in legal trade--not by White white slavers who traveled into the interior of Africa to quietly ambush slaves one by one (Indeed, (indeed, Europeans who sought to forcibly and illegally capture slaves were typically dealt with mercilessly by forces of the African states well into 18th century). century. Not to mention there were many tropical diseases whites suffered from that made it dangerous). This involvement of Africans in others' enslavement is mentioned in the series but not directly shown.shown (the remake corrects it).



* OutDamnedSpot: Captain Davies of the Lord Ligonier has never hauled slaves before. He considers himself a moral Christian man, cannot get the nagging of his conscience to leave him at peace. It seems he was merely assigned to this task, which could explain his apprehension. At first he is so torn that he can't bear to even look at the slaves. By the end of the voyage, the formerly healthy and professional captain is pale, ill, and has dark circles under his eyes because of his conscience. He is extremely disheartened to learn that this is only the first of many slave hauling trips he will be required to make.

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* OutDamnedSpot: Captain Davies of the Lord Ligonier has never hauled slaves before. He considers himself a moral Christian man, and cannot get the nagging of his conscience to leave him at peace. It seems he was merely assigned to this task, which could explain his apprehension. At first he is so torn that he can't bear to even look at the slaves. By the end of the voyage, the formerly healthy and professional captain is pale, ill, and has dark circles under his eyes because of his conscience. He is extremely disheartened to learn that this is only the first of many slave hauling slave-hauling trips he will be required to make.



* PlayingGertrude: The actress playing Kizzy was 3 years older than the guy who played her son, Chicken George. (necessary though, since she also played a younger version of Kizzy.)

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* PlayingGertrude: The actress playing Kizzy was 3 years older than the guy who played her son, Chicken George. (necessary George (it's necessary though, since she also played a younger version of Kizzy.)Kizzy).
31st May '16 5:01:58 PM Mario500
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* AllThereInTheManual: There is a somewhat obscure special called: ''Roots: The Gift'' that takes place between Parts 2 and 3 of the series that explains how Kunta and Fiddler moved to Reynolds's plantation.

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* AllThereInTheManual: There is a somewhat obscure special called: ''Roots: The Gift'' that takes place between Parts 2 and 3 of the series that explains how Kunta and Fiddler moved to Reynolds's John Reynolds' plantation.
31st May '16 4:41:16 PM Mario500
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Though the series is (rightly) praised for its unflinching depiction of the brutality of the Atlantic slave trade, its depiction of White "slave catchers" is [[RuleOfDrama a bit historically inaccurate]]. In RealLife, though the slave trade itself was facilitated by European and American traders, slavery was well-institutionalized in West African states, which were often as well-developed as their European counterparts. Most African slaves were already enslaved by other Africans, when they were sold to Europeans, most often by having been taken as captives in warfare, and sold them for profit in legal trade--not by White slavers who travelled into the interior of Africa to quietly ambush slaves one by one (Indeed, Europeans who sought to forcibly and illegally capture slaves were typically dealt with mercilessly by forces of the African states well into 18th century). This involvement of Africans in others' enslavement is mentioned in the series but not directly shown.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Though the series is (rightly) praised for its unflinching depiction of the brutality of the Atlantic slave trade, its depiction of White "slave catchers" is [[RuleOfDrama a bit historically inaccurate]]. In RealLife, though the slave trade itself was facilitated by European and American traders, slavery was well-institutionalized in West African states, which were often as well-developed as their European counterparts. Most African slaves were already enslaved by other Africans, when they were sold to Europeans, most often by having been taken as captives in warfare, and sold them for profit in legal trade--not by White slavers who travelled traveled into the interior of Africa to quietly ambush slaves one by one (Indeed, Europeans who sought to forcibly and illegally capture slaves were typically dealt with mercilessly by forces of the African states well into 18th century). This involvement of Africans in others' enslavement is mentioned in the series but not directly shown.



* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: Well, maybe not an intentional lie. But while the book was classified as a novel, and Haley admitted that many of the events were his invention, he also claimed that he had really traced his ancestry back seven generations, to a West African man named Kunta Kinte who was kidnapped by slavers and sent into slavery in the American South. In fact, as TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roots:_The_Saga_of_an_American_Family#Historical_accuracy notes]], the documentary evidence contradicts Haley's accounts, and the oral histories and testimony he relied on is unreliable and contradictory as well. There is little to suggest that any of Haley's history before Chicken George is factual.

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* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: Well, maybe not an intentional lie. But while the book was classified as a novel, and Alex Haley admitted that many of the events were his invention, he also claimed that he had really traced his ancestry back seven generations, to a West African man named Kunta Kinte who was kidnapped by slavers and sent into slavery in the American South. In fact, as TheOtherWiki [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roots:_The_Saga_of_an_American_Family#Historical_accuracy notes]], the documentary evidence contradicts Haley's accounts, and the oral histories and testimony he relied on is unreliable and contradictory as well. There is little to suggest that any of Alex Haley's history before Chicken George is factual.



* YouHaveFailedMe: After Kunta Kinte breaks his chains and escapes, he is quickly captured and is being prepared to be whipped as punishment. Fiddler, who master John Reynolds has tasked with training "Toby" to be a proper field hand, sees this and begs Reynolds to have mercy on "Toby", appealing to Reynolds' desire to protect his investment. Reynolds word for word quotes this trope. Fiddler knows that not only does this mean "Toby" will be whipped (at one point, it looks like he may be whipped to death), but it means Fiddler himself will likely lose his preferential treatment and privileges.

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* YouHaveFailedMe: After Kunta Kinte breaks his chains and escapes, he is quickly captured and is being prepared to be whipped as punishment. Fiddler, who was tasked by his master John Reynolds has tasked with into training "Toby" to be a proper field hand, sees this and begs John Reynolds to have mercy on "Toby", appealing to John Reynolds' desire to protect his investment. John Reynolds word for word quotes this trope. Fiddler knows that not only does this mean "Toby" will be whipped (at one point, it looks like he may be whipped to death), but it means Fiddler himself will likely lose his preferential treatment and privileges.
31st May '16 4:16:31 PM Mario500
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LeVar Burton helped produce a remake of the original series in 2016 that apparently had new facts that had come up about Kunta Kinte's life since the original series was made (they included his growing up in a city rather than a village and that he knew several languages, including a smattering of English).

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LeVar Burton helped produce a remake of the original first series in 2016 that apparently had new facts that had come up about Kunta Kinte's life since the original series first one was made (they included his growing up in a city rather than a village and that he knew several languages, including a smattering of English).
31st May '16 4:14:04 PM Mario500
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'''''[=Roots=]''''' was a MiniSeries presenting a dramatized account about author Alex Haley's family line and their struggles coping with slavery from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his Civil War descendants' liberation. Based on a novel by Haley.

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'''''[=Roots=]''''' was a MiniSeries presenting based on a dramatized account novel about the family line of its author Alex Haley's family line Haley and their struggles coping with slavery from the time of his ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his Civil War descendants' liberation. Based on a novel by Haley.
liberation.



The first ''Roots'', the generally better received one, went only up through the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar Civil War]], while a 1979 {{Sequel}}, ''Roots: The Next Generations'', picked up in 1865 and went through to Alex Haley himself, culminating in Haley visiting Kunte Kinte's home village in the 1970s.

1988 brought a third (fictional) entry: ''Roots: The Gift.'' This was a single two-hour side story, bringing back [=LeVar=] Burton as Kunta Kinte. As a piece of trivia, this film features a few actors who would be in ''Star Trek'' productions, just as Burton was. Avery Brooks ([[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Captain Benjamin Sisko]]), Kate Mulgrew ([[Series/StarTrekVoyager Captain Kathryn Janeway]]), and Tim Russ ([[Series/StarTrekVoyager Lieutenant Tuvok]]).

Today, Burton is now producing a remake of the mini-series that apparently uses new facts that have come up about Kunta Kinte's life since the original production. These include that he grew up not in a rural village, but in a city and he knew several languages, including a smattering of English.

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The first ''Roots'', the generally better received one, went only up through the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar Civil War]], while a 1979 {{Sequel}}, ''Roots: The Next Generations'', picked up in 1865 and went through to Alex Haley himself, culminating in Haley his visiting Kunte Kinte's home village in the 1970s.

1988 brought a third (fictional) entry: ''Roots: The Gift.'' This was a single two-hour side story, bringing back [=LeVar=] Burton as Kunta Kinte. As a piece of trivia, this film features a few actors who would be in ''Star Trek'' productions, just as LeVar Burton was. Avery Brooks ([[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Captain Benjamin Sisko]]), Kate Mulgrew ([[Series/StarTrekVoyager Captain Kathryn Janeway]]), and Tim Russ ([[Series/StarTrekVoyager Lieutenant Tuvok]]).

Today, LeVar Burton is now producing helped produce a remake of the mini-series original series in 2016 that apparently uses had new facts that have had come up about Kunta Kinte's life since the original production. These include that he grew series was made (they included his growing up not in a rural village, but in a city rather than a village and that he knew several languages, including a smattering of English.
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