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Colonial House Picture of the colony
Meet the Colonists Behind the Scenes Interactive History Media Gallery
Behind the Scenes
Introduction Interview with the Executive Producer Colonial Life, Then and Now

Interview With the Executive Producer. Back to questions

Question:

Unlike early colonists, the COLONIAL HOUSE group is racially diverse. Why did you make that decision?


Answer:

We felt in all of these projects that what we were really trying to do, rather than cast people into who they would have been at the time, is to take a diverse group of modern Americans and use them to explore the history of time. We found, interestingly, that sometimes that was hard to do; as I mentioned, we try to deal with some of the issues between colonists and Native Americans. One of our colonists -- or modern Americans -- was part Native American, and he felt awkward sometimes in working through that history that we were trying to explore.

But everybody learned something from that, and that was really good. It was the same for our African-American participants; they took a different journey. Danny Tisdale says in an interview early in the show that he sees himself differently by participating in this, exploring his American roots rather than his African-American roots. But as the series went on, he ended up having to explore what it was like to be in the footsteps of people who were openly enslaving his ancestors, and that was difficult for him. But I think it was really powerful for him as well.

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