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Finding Your Roots

A Family of Sharecroppers

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Brown University President Ruth Simmons grew up in a family of sharecroppers, a notorious system in which farmers pick cotton and live on someone else's land for a share of the profits. But they had to pay such high charges for rent, they often fell into a cycle of debt.

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Visionaries

Discover the risk-taking ancestors of Richard Branson, Maya Lin and Frank Gehry.

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Tragedy + Time = Comedy

Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear and Bill Hader discover their ancestry in Finding Your Roots.

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In Search of Freedom

Learn about the ancestors of Maya Rudolph, Shonda Rhimes and Keenen Ivory Wayans.

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The Irish Factor

Explore the shared Irish ancestry of three powerful social commentators of our times.

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Decoding Our Past Through DNA Promo

Secrets encoded in their genomes challenge guests’ ideas about their family histories.

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Jessica Alba's Mexican Roots

Jessica Alba learns more about her Mexican-American family's immigration experience.

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David Sedaris' Patriot Ancestor

David Sedaris discovers his maternal 4th Great-Grandfather, a Revolutionary War soldier.

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Tracing Tina Fey's Paternal Line

Tina Fey discovers her 5th Great-Grandfather, once an esteemed guest of Ben Franklin.

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John McCain in War Stories

John McCain traces his ancestry in Finding Your Roots, "War Stories."

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Julianne Moore in War Stories

Preview Julianne Moore in "War Stories," episode six of Finding Your Roots.

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Patricia Arquette in War Stories

Learn about the history and legacy of Patricia Arquette's family in Finding Your Roots.

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