History Series / Roots

17th May '15 9:35:54 AM kchishol
Is there an issue? Send a Message
Added DiffLines:
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.
21st Feb '15 4:14:03 AM tenryufan
Is there an issue? Send a Message
* FairForItsDay: Sam Harvey is generally a decent man. He clearly views his slaves as property and would prefer to keep them that way. However, he treats them as people and is not mean to them. He basically treats them as employees, rather than pack animals as some of the other masters do. When the slaves are freed after the war, he wants the former slaves to stay on and work for him, except he can't afford to pay them. He offers a sharecropping system to them, which they accept. (He is a rather poor businessman, as he neglects to have anything drawn up legally. This is horrible for the sharecroppers, as he loses his farm and the former slaves are stuck owing a ton that they can't afford to pay. This is taken advantage of by some racists with a grudge against Tom, and by extension, the rest of the black sharecroppers.) As he is leaving the farm, he is referred to as "better than most of them".

* TwoPlusTortureMakesFive: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByhFz5e5Tno "Your name is TOBY!"]] * ValuesDissonance: The horrors of slavery go without saying. But that aside, Chicken George gets his name and makes his way as a gamecock trainer- as in cockfighting. He winds up being so highly valued by his master, Tom Moore, that he is cheated out of his occasional chances at freedom because of it. Cockfighting is viewed as a sleazy, cruel pastime in this era and only takes place at underground illegal dives. The same thing that ruined Michael Vick's reputation is what Chicken George used to build his.
to:
* TwoPlusTortureMakesFive: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByhFz5e5Tno "Your name is TOBY!"]] * ValuesDissonance: The horrors of slavery go without saying. But that aside, Chicken George gets his name and makes his way as a gamecock trainer- as in cockfighting. He winds up being so highly valued by his master, Tom Moore, that he is cheated out of his occasional chances at freedom because of it. Cockfighting is viewed as a sleazy, cruel pastime in this era and only takes place at underground illegal dives. The same thing that ruined Michael Vick's reputation is what Chicken George used to build his. TOBY!"]]
25th Nov '14 8:46:32 PM Eegah
Is there an issue? Send a Message
Added DiffLines:
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Half of Kunta Kinte's foot is cut off to stop him from any more escape attempts.
25th Oct '14 8:18:55 AM LongLiveHumour
Is there an issue? Send a Message
The first ''Roots'', the generally better received one, went only up through the [[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.
to:
The first ''Roots'', the generally better received one, went only up through the [[AmericanCivilWar [[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.
25th Oct '14 5:51:47 AM CastingCrowns
Is there an issue? Send a Message
Added DiffLines:
* 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.

Added DiffLines:
* 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.
22nd Oct '14 6:31:33 PM CastingCrowns
Is there an issue? Send a Message
Added DiffLines:
* FairForItsDay: Sam Harvey is generally a decent man. He clearly views his slaves as property and would prefer to keep them that way. However, he treats them as people and is not mean to them. He basically treats them as employees, rather than pack animals as some of the other masters do. When the slaves are freed after the war, he wants the former slaves to stay on and work for him, except he can't afford to pay them. He offers a sharecropping system to them, which they accept. (He is a rather poor businessman, as he neglects to have anything drawn up legally. This is horrible for the sharecroppers, as he loses his farm and the former slaves are stuck owing a ton that they can't afford to pay. This is taken advantage of by some racists with a grudge against Tom, and by extension, the rest of the black sharecroppers.) As he is leaving the farm, he is referred to as "better than most of them".
18th Oct '14 6:11:19 PM CastingCrowns
Is there an issue? Send a Message
Added DiffLines:
* ValuesDissonance: The horrors of slavery go without saying. But that aside, Chicken George gets his name and makes his way as a gamecock trainer- as in cockfighting. He winds up being so highly valued by his master, Tom Moore, that he is cheated out of his occasional chances at freedom because of it. Cockfighting is viewed as a sleazy, cruel pastime in this era and only takes place at underground illegal dives. The same thing that ruined Michael Vick's reputation is what Chicken George used to build his.
22nd Sep '14 9:20:48 AM h27kim
Is there an issue? Send a Message
* 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, most African slaves were physically captured by other Africans who took them as prisoners in intertribal battles and sold them for profit--not by Whites who travelled into the interior of Africa to quietly ambush slaves one by one. This involvement of some Africans in others' enslavement is mentioned in the series but not directly shown.
to:
* 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, most slavery was well-institutionalized in West African states, which were often as well-developed as their European counterparts. Most African slaves were physically captured already enslaved by other Africans who took them Africans, when they were sold to Europeans, most often by having been taken as prisoners captives in intertribal battles warfare, and sold them for profit--not profit in legal trade--not by Whites White slavers who travelled into the interior of Africa to quietly ambush slaves one by one. 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 some Africans in others' enslavement is mentioned in the series but not directly shown.
17th May '14 6:59:56 PM randomsurfer
Is there an issue? Send a Message
Added DiffLines:
* TimeshiftedActor: A couple, but specifically [=LeVar Burton=] and John Amos as young and old Kunta Kinte.
20th Apr '14 10:57:22 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
Is there an issue? Send a Message
Trivia
* AllStarCast: The mini series featured many famous black celebrities of the time.
This list shows the last 10 events of 10. Show all.