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The Book of Negroes: Season 1 (2015)



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A kidnapped African woman becomes enslaved, and endures harsh conditions in South Carolina, eventually making her way to New York City during the Revolutionary War. In her ongoing quest for freedom she spends time hiding in an isolated part of Nova Scotia, and having to survive in the wild of Sierra Leone.


Louis Gossett Jr.
as Daddy Moses
Cuba Gooding Jr.
as Sam Fraunces
Aunjanue Ellis
as Aminata Diallo
Lyriq Bent
as Chekura Tiano
Ben Chaplin
as Capt. John Clarkson
Allan Hawco
as Solomon Lindo
Jane Alexander
as Maria Witherspoon
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All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

Graphic cruelty, not to mention violence, makes for difficult viewing in this lavishly produced miniseries. But it's worthwhile.

March 5, 2015 | Full Review…

When I popped in BET's The Book of Negroes, I had a lot of preview screeners to get through, and only intended to sample it. Six hours later, I was still still sitting in pretty much the same position, riveted.

February 19, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Historical tales like this can sometimes feel like homework - like "the right thing to do," or some sort of Black History Month obligation - but the creative team at work here makes The Book of Negroes a tough lesson worth learning.

February 19, 2015 | Full Review…

The buried history of the secret second American Revolution this country would rather you never discover, of thousands of Northern slaves fighting alongside the Brits, in exchange for a promise of escape to freedom. Declaration Of Independence, indeed.

May 18, 2015 | Full Review…

...a model for presenting a fictional story based on an admittedly terrible historical reality (the slave trade) without oversimplifying the moral and political issues involved.

April 9, 2015 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The Book of Negroes is easily one of the best things to happen to television in quite some time.

February 20, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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