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Season 01, Episode 01 Part 1

S01 E01

May 31, 2016
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Part 1 May 31, 2016 In the river region of The Gambia in 1750, Omoro Kinte and his wife, Binta, give birth to a son, Kunta. Kunta is kidnapped in 1767 and sold to British slave traders. After arriving in Maryland, Virginia planter John Waller purchases Kunta.

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Season 01, Episode 02 Part 2

S01 E02

Jun 1, 2016
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Part 2 Jun 1, 2016 Redcoats attempt to persuade slaves to run away and join the English army. Kunta escapes but slave catchers apprehend him and amputate half of his foot to ensure he never runs off again. John Waller sells Kunta to his younger brother, William.

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Season 01, Episode 03 Part 3

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Jun 2, 2016
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Part 3 Jun 2, 2016 George becomes an accomplished trainer of gamecocks and earns the nickname of Chicken George. George marries Matilda, a preacher's daughter, and fathers many children. Tom Lea loses a wager with an Englishman and sells George to save his farm.

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Season 01, Episode 04 Part 4

S01 E04

Jun 3, 2016
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Part 4 Jun 3, 2016 Chicken George returns to the Lea farm after 20 years. George's son, Tom, nurses a grudge against his father. George and Cyrus join the Memphis Colored Battery. Tom returns home after the war to embark on a new life with his family.

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Season 01, Episode 05 Part V

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Part V The teenage Kizzy, well-versed in Mandinka history thanks to her father, and educated to read and write through her friendship with Missy Anne, falls in love with young Noah, who's determined to escape. He eventually does with Kizzy's help, but is quickly caught and forced to reveal Kizzy's role in his escape. This prompts Dr. Reynolds to send Kizzy away to his rough-hewn cock-breeder neighbor Tom Moore.

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Season 01, Episode 06 Part VI

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Part VI Kizzy's son George has become skilled at cock-fighting earning him the name "Chicken George". Courted by carriage driver Sam Bennett, Kizzy gets a chance to return to the plantation where she was born. There she learns her father has died and her mother has been sold off. While at Kunta's grave, his haunting words prompt her to call off her marriage. In 1841, promoted to Tom Moore's head trainer, Chicken George grows in reputation and hopes to earn enough to free himself and his family. But a loss in the ring results in George being sent to England to pay off a debt.

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Season 01, Episode 07 Part VII

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Part VII Chicken George returns to North Carolina to find his sons have married and started families - and a state law that says his status as a free man is forfeited if he stays more than 60 days. Meanwhile, the nation erupts into Civil War. Chicken George's son Tom extends a hand to destitute vagabond George Johnson, who is appointed plantation overseer. But when Tom also reluctantly helps Confederate deserter and old nemesis Jemmy Brent, the resulting payback leads to tragedy - and a promise from Jemmy's racist brother Evan.

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Season 01, Episode 08 Part VIII

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Part VIII The Civil War ends but racist hostilities do not. Economically devastated landowners need workers, but few can pay wages, so the system of sharecropping is born. Vicious nightriders pillage plantations after dark, terrorizing the newly freed - until blacksmith Tom marks his clients' horseshoes to identify the bandits, placing him in deep danger. But the whiplash will soon cut both ways. Chicken George returns, offering a strategy to outwit their debt-holders and allow the family in 1870 to safely leave and settle on their own land in Henning, Tennessee.

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