Roots: The Next Generations

Part 5

Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 2/22/79
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  • Episode Description
  • Eleven years after the Haley's return home with baby Alex, the story opens in 1932 in Henning, Tennessee during the Great Depression, with Simon still unable to find a job as a professor. In the interim, the family continues to live with Bertha's parents and Simon works for his father-in-law hauling lumber. Simon finally receives and accepts a job offer as Director of Agriculture at A&M Institute in Normal, Alabama, and moves his family there. He meets and eventually works with a white Federal County Extension agent while visiting black farmers in the area. Simon shadows the agent, offering growing advice in an attempt to alter the old destructive farming practices, and notifying the farmers of new farm subsidies recently set up by President Roosevelt. However both men face resistance from the county's largest landowner, who not only refuses the advice, but wants to keep the subsidies for himself. When both men push too far, Simon's house is trashed and the agent is assaulted as a warning. Meanwhile, Bertha slowly takes ill, trying to hide it, but eventually succumbing.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Beah Richards

    Cynthia Palmer

  • Brock Peters

    Ab Decker

  • Dina Merrill

    Mrs. Hickinger

  • Dorian Harewood

    Simon Haley

  • Irene Cara

    Bertha Palmer Haley

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Jumping hurdles...

    By MyCritique, May 11, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Will: (to young Alex while pointing to tags pinned on the rings of a large tree slice) This here is when I was born and this here, that's today. And all in there (gestures at an area between 2 tags), that's my whole life. Alex: But it seems so small. Will: Oh it is small. See what seems like a long time to us is nothin' but a tiny span in the life of a tree. And that same tree ain't nothing but a tiny span in the mind of God. Now when you stand back and look at it, you don't see no wars and you won't see no people's lives. All you see is time. Year on year. Everything has its time. The time to be born and a time to die. When the time comes, grandpa will die.

    • Simon: I have a Masters degree in agriculture from Cornell University and there can't be more than a handful of colored men anywhere with my credentials. What do I do with my wonderful credentials? I tote lumber. I don't select it. I don't order it. I totes it. If I have to go on much longer like this, won't be my back that gives out, will be my soul.

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