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