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Alex Haley's Queen: The Story of An American Family
Queen: The Story of An American Family
Queen: The Story of an American Family is a 1993 partly factual historical novel written by Alex Haley and David Stevens. It brought back to the consciousness of many White Americans the plight of the children of the plantation: the offspring of black slave women and their white masters, who were legally their fathers' slaves. A miniseries adaptation called Alex Haley's Queen, starring Halle Berry, Danny Glover, Tim Daly, Ann-Margret and Ossie Davis, aired on CBS on February 14, 1993.

Alex Haley's Queen Audio Cassette
Alex Haley's Queen (Audio Cassette)
Alex Haley, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Roots, tells about his great-great-grandfather, James Jackson, Sr., who came to Alabama from Ireland, married a slave and then fathered a daughter—Haley's grandmother, Queen.
The story begins in Ireland, where Haley's white great-great-grandfather, James Jackson, Sr., is born. From there we travel with Jackson to Nashville, where he meets Andrew Jackson, the future president of the United States. The two men become business partners and James Jackson makes his fortune. He establishes his grand plantation, The Forks of Cypress, in Alabama, while Andrew ascends to the White House, and the rumblings that will explode into the Civil War gather force. James's son, Jass Jackson, inherits the plantation just as the genteel, well-ordered antebellum world begins to crumble. His adolescent attraction to the beautiful and strongwilled slave named Easter blossoms into a powerful and lasting love, and from their passionate union comes Queen—the heroine of the tale, Alex Haley's grandmother. This is history at its most compelling—from the Irish sod to the settlement of the South; from the Trail of Tears to the battlefield at Manassas; from the agonies of slavery to the tribulations of freedom—all rendered with the eye for telling detail and the sense of historical significance that readers have come to expect of Haley.


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Alex Haley's Queen (Audio Cassette)
Simon & Schuster Audiobook Excerpt
Narrator: Lonette McKee  June 1, 1993
Alex Haley's Queen • Two-Disk Special Edition • (1992)
Alex Haley's QueenAlex Haley's Queen • Two-Disk Special Edition
There are two sides to every story as the saying goes. For Alex Haley, one side was Roots, the towering chronicle tracing seven generations of his mother's family. The other side comes to the screen in Alex Haley's Queen, the remarkable history of a paternal side of the author's family. David L. Wolper (Roots, The Thorn Birds) is the executive producer of this acclaimed adaption of the story Alex Haley was working on at the time of his death in 1992.
Halle Berry plays Queen, daughter of a slave (Jasmine Guy) and a male plantation owner (Tim Daly). During the turbulent decades of the antebellum South, the Civil War, Reconstruction and beyond, Queen searches for a home in the two cultures of her heritage and at times is shunned by both.
Through it all, Queen experiences both sides of segregation and prejudice due to her light skinned complexion. However, the rejection and even hate are no match for her unconquerable will. Ann-Margret, Danny Glover, Patricia Clarkson, and Ossie Davis are among the many stars of this poignant, uplifting final chapter of the Haley family legacy.
An important television event based on the last work of a legendary American author, Alex Haley.
Alex Haley's Queen • Episode 1
Alex Haley's Queen Episode 1
The first episode develops the relationship between James Jackson III, a rich plantation owner's son and Easter, a slave. James marries a wealthy Southern lady, but he carries on with a lifelong affair with Easter, which will result in the birth of Queen. Queen's fair skin makes her soon notice that she is not as black as her fellow slaves. She is taken into the main plantation house to be the personal slave of James' daughter, where she spends her youth years trying to discern if Jackson is her real father. The Civil War seriously affects James' plantation putting an end to the old ways and the family matriarch tells Queen to find another place to live.
Alex Haley's Queen • Episode 2
Alex Haley's Queen Episode 2
Queen journeys away from the plantation and discovers the delight of passing for white. However, when she is about to marry an ex Confederate soldier named Digby, she reveals her real roots and therefore faces his extreme anger. Abused and alone, Queen is forced into exile once more. Eventually, she gets employment at the home of two spinters and starts a relationship with a black hired hand by the name Davis, shortly afterwards becoming pregnant of his child. Abandoned by the father and abused by the ladies, Queen escapes the relative comforts of her employers' home, taking her child with her.
Alex Haley's Queen • Episode 3
Alex Haley's Queen Episode 3
Reunited with Davis, the father of his son, Queen finds love but also hate as the man is lynched. Taking the road once more, Queen finds a new job and meets Alec Haley, who will become his husband and the father of her second son, Simon. Though Queen never finds an answer to her quest for belonging, she is at least moderately at peace with the place in which she finds herself. A household fire seems to be the triggering event that together with her sons' departure, causes Queen's nervous breakdown. She has serious issues seeing her first son Abner depart, and her mental state goes worse to the point that she needs to be institutionalized.
Alex Haley's Queen Cast • Members
•  Christopher Allport - Union Officer•  Ann-Margret - Sally Jackson•  Bob Banks - Slave #1
•  Suzi Bass - Server•  Halle Berry - Queen•  Dan Biggers - George
•  Lane Bradbury - Janette Lane Bradbury•  Leo Burmester - Henderson•  Jerry Campbell - Redneck #1
•  Patricia Clarkson - Lizzie Perkins•  Frances Conroy - Mrs. Benson•  Tim Daly - Colonel James Jackson Jr.
•  Ossie Davis - Parson Dick•  David Dwyer - Policeman•  Michael Edwards - Judge
•  Tom Even - Male Guard•  Victor Garber - Digby•  Danny Glover - Alec Haley
•  Ed Grady - Doctor•  John Griesemer - Doctor•  George Grizzard - Mr. Cherry
•  Tim Guinee - Wesley•  Jasmine Guy - Easter•  Linda Hart - Mrs. Henderson
•  Dennis Haysbert - Davis•  Tommy Hollis - Fred•  Martin G. James - Confederate Soldier
•  Richard Jenkins - Mr. Benson•  Christine Jones - Sarah Jackson•  Jane Krakowski - Jane
•  Ron Leggett - Guard•  Patrick Malone - Simon•  Peter Maloney - Perkins
•  Lonette McKee - Alice•  Kenn Michael - Henry at 11 (Kenny Blank)•  Daryl 'Chill' Mitchell - Abner
•  Charlotte Moore - Mrs. Perkins•  Danny Nelson - Warden•  Michael L. Nesbitt - Porter
•  Alan North - Bishop•  Tom Nowicki - Kirkman•  Mary Santacroce - Coachstop Woman
•  Martin Sheen - James Jackson Sr.•  Madge Sinclair - Dora•  Lonnie R. Smith - Redneck #2
•  Jussie Smollett - Simon (age 11)•  Raven-Symoné - Queen (age 5)•  Lorraine Toussaint - Joyce
•  Eric Ware - Micah•  Tim Ware - Carpetbagger (uncredited)•  Annabelle Weenick - Female Guard
•  Paul Winfield - Cap'n Jack•  Samuel E. Wright - Alfred 
Queen: The Story of An American Family • Reviews
"I have read this book and seen the movie at least a thousand times. I understand that a lot of people don't think that it measures up to Roots, but I found this book drew me in and I couldn't put it down. I related to this character so much that I cried as I read it. I loved that it started with the family story in Ireland. I am a product of a mixed relationship and my white family originates from Ireland. I felt like I was getting a glimpse at my heritage. I recommend this book to any avid reader." - Louisville, Kentucky.
"For the millions who loved Roots, Alex Haley continues the multigenerational saga of his father's family through his grandmother, Queen. The proud daughter of a slave and a white slave owner, her story is an unforgettable saga of love and war, of slavery and freedom, played out against the canvas of America's history." - Portland, California.
"I remember back when this aired on CBS in the early '90s. Halle Berry plays the late Alex Haley's paternal grandmother, the ever strong, fiery and resilient Queen! This story is a tour de force and has an excellent supporting cast. This was Alex Haley's last work before he passed away a year or two before this was first aired. As I said, all of the cast shine in this and it makes a great addition to your DVD collection and brilliantly caps off the Roots saga!" - Orlando, Florida.
"Alex Haley's Queen gives the other side of Alex Haley's family. The first of his family tree, Roots, tells of the African Slave Trade and his mother's side of the family. This side of his story tells about how his father's side of the family came to be and how they survived the Civil War. It depicts how his grandmother who was 1/2 white, 1/4 black and 1/4 Native American had difficulties with her 'ethnicity' and how she prevailed." - Chicago, Illinois.
"This is Halle Berry's best work yet. She should be nominated for Best Actress. I have now watched all the Roots episodes, as well as Roots; The Next Generations. This is a brilliant finale for Alex Haley's legacy. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in American history and / or genealogy. I rarely cry during movies, but I found myself sobbing during this one." - Belmont, Massachusetts.
"The Roots Collection is truly not complete without Alex Haley's Queen. A true moving tale of the woes of a black mother trying to protect her family from the hardships of reconstruction in the South East, Georgia area. Queen is one more chapter to the Saga of the Alex Haley family. Great Movie!" - Waco, Texas.

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