Roots: The Next Generations

Part 6

Season 1, Ep 6, Aired 2/23/79
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  • Episode Description
  • Seven years have passed since Alex's mother's death and the Haley family has moved to Elizabeth City, North Carolina where Simon is teaching agriculture at the local state teacher's college after remarrying. Alex has decided to drop out of college and return home, immediately finding a job with the WPA for $1 a day. Simon, realizing that Alex was apparently too young when he was sent off to college, recommends that Alex enlist in the military. Alex decides to join the Coast Guard in Norfolk, Virginia, but sadly discovers that his only opportunity there is working in the ship's galley. Alex eventually meets a young lady at a weekly church social and after war is declared, marries her before he is sent off to the south pacific. While at sea, he learns that he is the father of a baby girl and otherwise finds popularity and solace when writing. When the war is over, he returns home and re-enlists despite his father's disapproval, taking an assignment at a Coast Guard station in New York City. However he finds that racism is alive and well in his day to day life and his struggle to become a professional writer eventually alienates his wife.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Andy Griffith

    Commander Robert Munroe

  • Beah Richards

    Cynthia Palmer

  • Damon Evans

    Alex Haley (age 17 - 25)

  • Debbie Allen

    Nan Branch Haley

  • Diahann Carroll

    Zeona Haley

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • The life of the young Alex Haley...

    By MyCritique, May 11, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Scotty: (speaking to Alex Haley in the ship's galley) Yeah... (chuckles) Where they find these boys? Looks like they done fish down to the bottom of the barrel, now they scrapin' the underside. Humph. Well I'll put it as plain as I can so you can understand. Now, there's God almighty, up in the sky. There's the Captain, up on the bridge. But down here, there is me. I'm the boss. The steward-in-charge. (barks in military fashion) Steward! First Class! Purceval T. Scott! You got that through your thick head boo?

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