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Part I (1882-1883) 

It's now April 1882, 12 years later. Chicken George returns to live with Tom Harvey and his wife Irene. Tom travels to Memphis to attend a Republican convention but soon learns that his ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Georg Stanford Brown ... Tom Harvey
Olivia de Havilland ... Mrs. Warner (as Olivia De Havilland)
Henry Fonda ... Colonel Frederick Warner
Paul Koslo ... Earl Crowther
Avon Long ... Chicken George Moore
Lynne Moody ... Irene Harvey
Greg Morris ... Beeman Jones
Marc Singer ... Andy Warner
Richard Thomas ... Jim Warner
Fay Hauser ... Carrie Barden
Brian Stokes Mitchell ... John Dolan (as Brian Mitchell)
Debbi Morgan ... Elizabeth Harvey
Kathleen Doyle ... Lucy Damson
Ja'net DuBois ... Sally Harvey
Lou Frizzell Lou Frizzell ... Conductor (as Lou Frizzel)


It's now April 1882, 12 years later. Chicken George returns to live with Tom Harvey and his wife Irene. Tom travels to Memphis to attend a Republican convention but soon learns that his first class ticket for the train has little meaning to the conductor who refuses to let him on and tells him to ride in the baggage car. Colonel Frederick Warner is also traveling to Memphis and intercedes on Tom's behalf. At the home of Beeman Jones, Tom is pressed to support the Democratic party in return for a guarantee to protect civil rights. Carrie Barden is a black teacher who borrows books from the Warner's library and meets the Colonel's son, Jim. Carrie is a college graduate and the two have much in common, including poetry and literature. They are soon spending a good deal of time together and Jim quickly falls in love with her. When he asks her to marry him, she runs away. Col. Warner won't hear of it however and approaches Tom Warner to have her removed from her teaching position. It all ... Written by garykmcd

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18 February 1979 (USA) See more »

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Elizabeth Harvey was born in 1864. See more »


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Georg Stanford Brown returns as Tom Harvey
14 January 2017 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

ROOTS: THE NEXT GENERATIONS isn't as revered as the original but remains just as good, powered by another fine cast, including the return of Georg Stanford Brown and Lynne Moody in the roles of Tom Harvey and his wife Irene. Kicking off in April 1882 in Henning, Tennessee, where blacksmith and staunch Republican Tom Harvey is now involved in politics, under the watchful eye of Democrat Colonel Frederick Warner (Henry Fonda). The Colonel has two sons, wastrel Andrew (Marc Singer), who eventually opposes his own father for the nomination, and college graduate Jim (Richard Thomas), whose dedication to classic poetry is matched by schoolteacher Carrie Barden (Fay Hauser), his fondness for her growing into love, despite harsh criticism due to her being black. Another subplot deals with Tom's eldest daughter Elizabeth (Debbi Morgan), who asks for her father's permission to be courted, only to be devastated by his adamant refusal. The role of Chicken George is here rendered by the capable Avon Long, sharing his tales of fighting chickens with his grandchildren before the time comes for him to join his late wife Matilda. The next chapter switches focus to Tom's youngest daughter Cynthia, the future grandmother of author Alex Haley.

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