Roots: The Next Generations

Part 4

Season 1, Ep 4, Aired 2/21/79
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  • Episode Description
  • In a flashback of a military gallows in 1917 Texas, a group of black soldiers from the 24th Infantry, convicted for various crimes including mutiny, are hung. Fast forward to 1918 and the local church in Henning, Tennessee hears about the military's atrocities in a sermon, which frightens Bertha into imagining the same may happen to Simon. Meanwhile, Simon's 92nd Infantry are going through basic training but face many injustices at the hands of the locals in the Illinois town where their camp is located. Simon and his all-black company finally head overseas and fight valiantly in France under the command of a white Lieutenant. After a gas attack, the unit is taken to a hospital and then sent home after a brief period of R&R in France. However the now battle-hardened men face an escalation of racism, harassment, and violence, while the Spanish Flu rages throughout the country. Despite this, Simon and Bertha have a happy reunion and eventually marry, with intentions to move to Ithaca, New York so Simon can get his Masters at Cornell. They eventually return home from New York with a baby who they name Alex.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dorian Harewood

    Simon Haley

  • Gerald S. O'Loughlin

    Captain Bowker

  • Irene Cara

    Bertha Palmer Haley

  • Marc Singer

    Andy Warner

  • Pam Grier

    Francey

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • A history lesson...

    By MyCritique, May 11, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (2)

    • The World War I battle sequences were filmed in Valencia, California.

    • Cast member Percy Rodriguez was credited as "Percy Rodrigues" in this episode.

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