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Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 

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Harvard educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts this enlightening PBS series that examines "the DNA of American culture" through an extensive discovery of the ancestors of today's celebrities.... See full summary »
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Henry Louis Gates ...  Himself - Host / ... 41 episodes, 2012-2019
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Harvard educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. hosts this enlightening PBS series that examines "the DNA of American culture" through an extensive discovery of the ancestors of today's celebrities. In each episode, a set of featured guests view their ancestral histories, learn connections, and discover secrets about their lineage, while sharing the emotional experience with viewers. Gates guides them as they see results and details derived from the background work competed by expert genealogical diagnosticians, who have analyzed genetic code and traced bloodlines that leads to documentation and the occasional confirmation or debunking of long-held beliefs. A variety of guests have included musicians, authors, chefs, and more. Actors who've made an appearance include Julianna Marguiles, Stephen King, Ben Affleck, Sally Field, Mia Farrow, Anderson Cooper, and many others. Written by writermaia

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When Stephen King appeared on the show, he looked through a scrapbook very much like the one from It (1990), based upon his novel. See more »

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Stephen King: [finding out Tennessee was a huge slave state] I didn't know that.
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Featured in Henry Louis Gates Jr.: Uncovering America (2019) See more »

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Biased revision of our history
24 July 2018 | by elisenicole-04189See all my reviews

I so wanted to like this show because I'm a lover of geanology and history wether it's good or bad. But it seems every episode has a breakaway segment about slavery or the plight of African Americans. I've tried to rewatch it and I can't swallow the misleading pill. The latest episode I watched dealt with the host going to a high school class to "teach" the class that our founding fathers owned slaves and were hypocritical to free our country but not the slaves, painting them out to be bias and hypocrites. But they fail to provide that the reasoning behind it was the fear of a fragile country falling apart if they were to do so. It was a hard line choice and a complex one and while I'm all for a clear and true picture no matter how tough this show does not give a well rounded look at our history. The bias and splitting of hairs is enough to make me boycott the show. I love the truth of history too much to give this falsified views of our country an ounce of life. Tell the whole story!


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