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Faces of America : with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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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.


  • Special features: PBS.org [text feature].
  • DVD; Region 1, NTSC; stereo; widescreen presentation.
  • In English with optional video description; closed-captioned.
  • Video described for the visually impaired.


  • Episode 1. Our American stories -- Introduction -- The family tree -- 3 generations to make a musician -- Identity through color -- Immigration and fate -- American loyalty -- Credits / director/producer, John Maggio (55 min.) -- Episode 2. Becoming American-- Introduction -- Roots across continents -- A better life in America -- Segregation and discrimination -- The question of race -- Citizenship -- Credits / director/producer, Leslie Asako Gladsjo (55 min.) -- Episode 3. Making America -- Introduction -- Stories from the past -- Tragic interactions -- Home in a new place -- Roots in Pennsylvania -- The beginning of the melting pot -- Credits / director/producer, Sue Williams (55 min.) -- Episode 4. Know thyself -- Introduction -- The deepest of roots -- The importance of ancestors -- Admixture & pie charts -- We are family -- Contemplating your own history -- Credits / director/producer, Stephen Ives and Amanda Pollak (55 min.)
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