Faces of America

Premiered February 2010

What made America? What makes us? These two questions are at the heart of the new PBS series Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The Harvard scholar turns to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans.

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Video thumbnail: Faces of America Connecting the African American past to the present

Faces of America

Connecting the African American past to the present

Elizabeth Alexander talks about her family’s accomplishments.

2:29

Connecting the African American past to the present

2:29

Video thumbnail: Faces of America A grandmother's influence

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A grandmother's influence

Mario Batali reminisces about his grandmother.

4:27

A grandmother's influence

4:27

Video thumbnail: Faces of America Childhood stories

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Childhood stories

Queen Noor tells the story of her nomadic childhood.

3:17

Childhood stories

3:17

Video thumbnail: Faces of America Clifford Alexander and the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Clifford Alexander and the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Elizabeth Alexander talks about her father and his role in quelling violence in D.C.

2:06

Clifford Alexander and the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

2:06

Video thumbnail: Faces of America Clifford Alexander, Sr. arrives in America

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Clifford Alexander, Sr. arrives in America

Elizabeth Alexander talks about her grandfather, Clifford Alexander, Sr.

2:29

Clifford Alexander, Sr. arrives in America

2:29

Video thumbnail: Faces of America Deciding to be a doctor

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Deciding to be a doctor

Dr. Oz reveals why he decided to join the field of medicine when he was seven years old.

2:13

Deciding to be a doctor

2:13

Video thumbnail: Faces of America Ethnic diversity

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Ethnic diversity

Queen Noor describes how she learned about her diverse ethnic background.

2:55

Ethnic diversity

2:55

Video thumbnail: Faces of America Ethnic identification and discrimination

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Ethnic identification and discrimination

Louise Erdrich talks about how she self-identifies.

4:09

Ethnic identification and discrimination

4:09

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