Roots: The Next Generations

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Quotes (8)

  • Tom: Now Elizabeth, that school gotta keep on. Meanin' sorry as it is, it's the only way black folk gonna break out and climb. That school gotta keep on. Elizabeth: So you mean you gonna do what the white man tell ya? You gonna knuckle under papa? Irene: Elizabeth, now hush! Elizabeth: Girl tell you to jump and what you do papa? You jump. (angrily starts to sing and do the Jim Crow dance) Jump, jump Jim Crow. Jump, jump, jump Jim Crow. Wheel about and turn about and do just so. Slide, slide, and point dat toe. Tom: (weakly) Beth. Elizabeth: (continues to sing and dance and twirl) You funny as a minstrel queen who jumped Jim Crow. Irene: (grabs Elizabeth's arm) Stop it! Stop it! Elizabeth: (continues singing) Jump, jump, jump Jim Crow. Kneel to the buzzards and you bow to the crow. Smile, smile, and away you go. (now yelling) every time you wheel about you jump Jim Crow!! (Tom walks over to her seething and smacks her hard across the face, knocking her to the floor) Irene: Don't you don't touch this child!! Elizabeth: (weakly) Learned you some mighty man papa. I heard your old stories from Grandpa George... 'Bout the African. Forgot about him papa? Kunta Kinte? Dat what his name. He die a slave papa and you be free. Whatcha do with that freedom papa? You gonna jump papa? You gonna jump Jim crow?

  • Tom: I done explain to you daddy. The way we vote this morning was between the lesser of 2 evils. Chicken George: That's what I said! Two things goin' to ruin the government - the boll weevils and the lesser of 2 evils. That's what I said!

  • Will: (speaking to Tom Harvey) See, there's different ways to fight and you do it likes you can. Now there was... there was a time when you should bust out with the blacksmith's hammer and there was a time when you thought you can do it with the vote. Now maybe, just maybe, that time come again. But not now. See I'm gonna make a success out of this business. That's my way of winnin' this here fight. I means on makin' due for my family and I means on goin' straight forward.

  • Dad Jones: (in reference to Simon Haley) He's saving his money for his schoolin'. Now go on back there and play with yourself and your trick dice. Porter #1: What you mean trick? Dad Jones: Some of them dice of yours so crooked that when you throw 'em, they don't stand straight, they leans. Porter #1: Now you listen to me old man-- Dad Jones: (pulls out a straight edge blade and holds it out in front of him) Lead this fool not into temptation Lord, 'cause I may just have to cut him every where exceptin' on the bottom of his feet.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Alex: (after hearing the Kinte family Griot mention the name Kunta Kinte when describing the story of his capture) You old African. I found you! I found you! I found you! I found you!

Notes (12)

  • ABC budgeted $16.6 million for the production of Roots: The Next Generations, which was three times what was spent on the original Roots miniseries.

  • ABC spent $1.8 million building and updating (to reflect changes in history) the set that became the town of Henning, Tennessee.

  • Guest stars Brian Stokes Mitchell, Frances E. Nealy, and Al Fann were credited as "Brian Mitchell", "Frances Nealy", and "Al "Locko" Fann respectively, in this episode.

  • Roots: The Next Generations was nominated in 1979 for 5 Emmy awards including: "Outstanding Achievement in Makeup" "Outstanding Limited Series" "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special" "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special" "Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a Special"

  • Roots: The Next Generations won an Emmy award in 1977 for "Outstanding Limited Series".

  • Guest star Brian Stokes Mitchell was credited as "Brian Mitchell" in this episode.

  • Guest star Tamu Blackwell was credited as "Tamu" in this episode.

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

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Allusions (1)

  • The song and dance routine that Elizabeth performs to mock her father Tom's decision to ask the local black school teacher (who he recruited) to leave town, by suggestion of the local white politicians, was a reverse application (based on the black interpretation) of a minstrel show character named "Jim Crow" created by a white entertainer named Tom Rice. Rice's character, who he played in black-face, became the embodiment of some of the most derogatory stereotypes of blacks at the time but also became a symbol by blacks themselves to use against other blacks who were believed to act in such a caricatured and exaggerated manner. The term "Jim Crow" eventually came to refer to laws that were put in place by most southern and some northern states, to racially segregate and otherwise restrict the rights of the black population during the late 19th through to the mid-late 20th century.