Historian Daina Ramey Berry on Keeping 'Roots' Accurate and Finding Strength in Studying Slavery | KUOW News and Information

Historian Daina Ramey Berry on Keeping 'Roots' Accurate and Finding Strength in Studying Slavery

Sep 16, 2016
Originally published on September 16, 2016 7:27 am

The recent remake of the groundbreaking 1977 mini-series “Roots” has been nominated for seven Emmys this year. To ensure accuracy in depicting the lives of enslaved people, the show enlisted UT-Austin history professor Dr. Daina Ramey Berry to read scripts, ask questions and ensure the production's accuracy – from word choices, to cloth used in costumes, to the breeds of on-screen horses.

Berry says that level of detail hasn't always been evident in portrayals of slavery, and that her experience as a scholar helped both lend historical credibility and, more importantly, humanity to the show's narrative.

You can hear an extended version of Berry's interview with KUT below.

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