Roots: The Next Generations

Season 1 Episode 2

Part 2

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 19, 1979 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Thirteen years have passed in the town of Henning, Tennessee and now in 1896, the town has taken advantage of a burgeoning new industrial age thanks to the expansion of the railroad. Returning home from Kansas City after a decade away teaching, Elizabeth Harvey reunites with her younger sister Cynthia, now grown up, and reconciles with her father. Cynthia has taken an interest in a local railroad gang worker named Will Palmer who returns her affections. But in order to court her properly and gain the approval of her father Tom, Will leaves the railroad and finds a better job at a lumber mill, eventually taking Cynthia to be his wife. His hard work, dedication, loyalty, and financial acumen leads to his surprise promotion to owner and operator of the mill, although it is now saddled with debt. Despite this, he and Cynthia give Tom and Irene their first grandchild. Meanwhile Colonel Warner's son Andy decides to get involved in politics by running against his father to institute a new Democratic Party that plans to disenfranchise blacks of the vote and ensure victory against the Republicans. And now thanks to new restrictive voting laws in the state of Tennessee, Tom is denied the opportunity to vote for the first time since the end of the Civil War.moreless

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  • An episode that focuses on family and the determination to succeed against all odds...

    This was a fascinating installment in terms of showcasing the drive that is often found in families, to succeed. Most significantly, Will Palmer, who from this episode on, is determined to do right, work hard, take advantage of an opportunity, and try to pass that on to the next generation. Although in real life, it's never easy, this character was shown to more realistically make the best of the situation and take advantage of the open door as he marches his way towards ownership of the local lumber yard, making due as best he could when it came to him in debt.

    Simultaneously, we sadly watch the end of reconstruction as it happens and grieve in the aftermath, as Tom Harvey is suddenly disenfranchised after many years.

    This installment is filled with standout performances by most, and most notably, Stan Shaw as Will Palmer. Definitely a winner!moreless
Fay Hauser

Fay Hauser

Carrie Barden

Guest Star

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell

John Dolan

Guest Star

Bever-Leigh Banfield

Bever-Leigh Banfield

Cynthia Harvey

Guest Star

Debbi Morgan

Debbi Morgan

Elizabeth Harvey

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • 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.

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