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Roots: The Next Generations

Part IV (1918-1921) (Season 1, Episode 4)
TV Episode | 100 min | Biography, Drama, History

With 8 soldiers hanged for staging a mutiny in the 24th Infantry, Bertha is worried about Simon. Criticizing the army during wartime isn't necessarily a safe practice however. Will Palmer finds that the local draft board isn't applying the...See moreWith 8 soldiers hanged for staging a mutiny in the 24th Infantry, Bertha is worried about Simon. Criticizing the army during wartime isn't necessarily a safe practice however. Will Palmer finds that the local draft board isn't applying the rules fairly to blacks. The army is commanded by white officers only and black men get little respect. One of Simon's fellow black soldier, Heywood, is badly beaten by a State Trooper and some in the platoon want to take revenge, but its Heywood who talks sense into them. They're soon sent overseas and in France face the Germans in combat but failure to provide covering artillery fire leads to death as they attempt to take out a machine-gun nest. While in the trenches, Simon learns that his father died on the operating table. He is also wounded in a gas attack and in hospital meets a Senegalese soldier. They celebrate Armistice day and make plans for the future, Simon believes that it will be different for blacks at home now that they've fought for their country. That's not to be however as whites reassert their authority. Simon and Bertha are married but Will's not too happy when he learns the newlyweds will soon be leaving for Ithaca, New York where Simon will continue his studies at Cornell University Written by garykmcd See less
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Writers
Sydney A. Glass (teleplay) | Alex Haley (book "Roots and Search") | Ernest Kinoy (developed for television by) (teleplay)
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Status
Edit Released
Updated Feb 21, 1979

Release date
Feb 21, 1979 (United States)

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Irene Cara
Bertha Palmer Haley Bertha Palmer Haley   See fewer
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Bernie Casey
Bubba Haywood Bubba Haywood   See fewer
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Ruby Dee
Queen Haley Queen Haley   See fewer
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Pam Grier
Francey Francey   See fewer
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Roosevelt Grier
Big Slew Johnson (as Rosey Grier) Big Slew Johnson (as Rosey Grier)   See fewer
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Dorian Harewood
Simon Haley Simon Haley   See fewer
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Paul Koslo
Earl Crowther Earl Crowther   See fewer
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Gerald S. O'Loughlin
Captain Bowker Captain Bowker   See fewer
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Percy Rodrigues
Boyd Moffatt Boyd Moffatt   See fewer
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John Rubinstein
Lieutenant Hamilton Ten Eyck Lieutenant Hamilton Ten Eyck   See fewer
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Stan Shaw
Will Palmer Will Palmer   See fewer
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Marc Singer
Andy Warner Andy Warner   See fewer
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Charles Weldon
Doxey Walker Doxey Walker   See fewer
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Bever-Leigh Banfield
Cynthia Palmer Cynthia Palmer   See fewer
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Diana Douglas
Mrs. Andy Warner Mrs. Andy Warner   See fewer
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Bruce French
Tom Calloway Tom Calloway   See fewer
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Lynn Hamilton
Cousin Georgia Anderson Cousin Georgia Anderson   See fewer
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Fay Hauser
Carrie Warner Carrie Warner   See fewer
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Damu King
Sergeant Washington Sergeant Washington   See fewer
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Debbi Morgan
Elizabeth Harvey Elizabeth Harvey   See fewer
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Maidie Norman
Sister Scrap Scott Sister Scrap Scott   See fewer
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Charles Robinson
Luke Bettiger (as Charlie Robinson) Luke Bettiger (as Charlie Robinson)   See fewer
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Jason Wingreen
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Yula Gavala
French Girl French Girl   See fewer
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Ebou Manga
Senegalese Soldier Senegalese Soldier   See fewer
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Minister (as Robert Kya Hill) Minister (as Robert Kya Hill)   See fewer
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Chaplain Chaplain   See fewer
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7.3 / 10 | 33 votes