At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina – former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions – struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots.
A four-night, eight-hour event series, Roots is a historical portrait of one family’s journey through American slavery and their will to survive and preserve their legacy in the face of unimaginable hardship.
Narrated by Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman, Slavery and the Making of America examines the integral role slavery played in shaping the new country and challenges the long held notion that it was exclusively a Southern enterprise.
Narrated by Laurence Fishburne, Slavery by Another Name challenges one of Americans’ most cherished assumptions: that slavery in this country ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film tells how even as chattel slavery came to an end in the South after the Civil War, new systems of involuntary servitude took its place with shocking force and brutality.