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.Visit Faces of America Website
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Take up the search for the guests' ancestries where the historical record leaves off.
Learn how land came to define America's identity.
Explore the immigrants that transformed the United States into a booming industrial power.
Explore the dynamic relationship America had with new immigrants in the 20th century.
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Elizabeth Alexander talks about her family’s accomplishments.
Mario Batali reminisces about his grandmother.
Queen Noor tells the story of her nomadic childhood.
Elizabeth Alexander talks about her father and his role in quelling violence in D.C.
Elizabeth Alexander talks about her grandfather, Clifford Alexander, Sr.
Dr. Oz reveals why he decided to join the field of medicine when he was seven years old.
Queen Noor describes how she learned about her diverse ethnic background.
Louise Erdrich talks about how she self-identifies.
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