finding your roots

The Rattlesnake

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. tells musician Harry Connick, Jr. about his previously unknown fifth great grandfather, an infamous 18th-century American privateer who owned a ship known as The Rattlesnake. Watch video.



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  • Margaret Connick White

    April 3, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I am wanting to know more about Harry Connick jar’s past as his great grandmother and mine were sisters.

  • Shirley Rogers

    April 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I would like more information about Capt. David McCullough and the article about the Rattlesnake Schooner. My great, great grandmother was Jane McCullough, daughter of Capt. & Phebe McCullough. She married into the Elliott family who are my ancesters

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The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 – May 20 at 8 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).

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