Faces of America

Faces of America

With Henry Louis Gates, Jr

DVD - 2010
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Faces of America introduces a wide range of cultural figures--representing a vast range of cultural and ethnic roots--to their ancestors and their stories, from the old country through the journey to America. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. traces the family trees of authors, actors, musicians, athletes, educators, intellectuals and discovers stories and figures that had been forgotten or lost through the generations. Through original documents and photos, the program explores the dynamic and shifting relationship America had with new immigrants in the 20th century. Along the way, Gates offers up a rich pageant of immigrant stories and reminds viewers that, if you trace the lineage of almost any American family back far enough, you will find an immigrant story.

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maipenrai
Mar 29, 2019

I absolutely loved this documentary and faithfully watch "Finding Your Roots". What a beautiful picture you gain of people like Yo-Yo Ma, Meryl Streep, and Louise Erdrich. I am as moved by what is found about their ancestors as they are in many cases. I believe the reason why I am so drawn to these stories is that as a person who was adopted as an infant, I grew up with two first generation American parents. I never knew what it was like to be able to trace relatives back into time. In addition, since 3/4 of my adoptive family were Norwegian, even the Mormons have not traced our genealogy. Then I found my family of origin. I met my biological mother on my 54th birthday - she was over the moon. I found I had two full brothers and an adopted sister + dozens and dozens of cousins. To top it off, a family genealogist had traced my ancestry on the maternal side of the family back to a knight who invaded England with William the conqueror and was awarded an earldom. I am related to Lighthorse Harry Lee and William E. Lee. Of course along with the good guys come some of the bad. My great great uncles were the Younger brothers who rode with Quantrill's raiders who burned and pillaged across the lower midwest. Later they rode with Jesse James and were arrested at the Northfield, Minnesota bank robbery. ( I attended St. Olaf College in Northfield. ) The Norman invasion history explains why, on a trip to France and Normandy for my 50th birthday, I turned to my friend as we walked the land of northern France and said " I have the weirdest feeling that I have come home". Unbeknownst to me at the time, I had. I highly recommend this documentary and the series. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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thesillies3
Mar 03, 2016

THIS IS THE MOST Educational Documentary I have ever seen. I am a Teacher, Love Documentaries, but from THIS Series of 4 hours I LEARNED SO MUCH. Stemming from The Genome Project, each episode reveals More & MORE than one could imagine! Entertaining & revelatory, I cannot recommend this PBS presentation highly enough!

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bran_simi
Oct 29, 2014

An extraordinary documentary film !

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thesillies3_1
Oct 06, 2014

Astounding. Revelatory. Reverberating long past the finale.
WATCH IT, & Expand Your Understanding!

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