Railroad Ties

Six descendants of slaves and abolitionists come together in Brooklyn, NY on a journey of self-discovery. The very human story of the underground railroad unfolds through Ancestry records, revealing the dynamic impact our history has on identity, family and legacy. Watch powerful personal moments unfold alongside relevant anecdotes by renowned historians.
Sacha Jenkins
Henry Louis Gates Jr.Melissa CollomLisa Elzey
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Tiffani S.Reviewed in the United States on May 25, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great Short Film...
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I wish this wasn't a paid product. Twice I rented movies where I paid, and didn't realize how short the movie was. This was a great short clip of the connections between modern day people and folks who were involved with the Underground Railroad-- and themselves. It was very heart felt. I just wish it was a little longer. I think it was only a dollar or two- but I was disappointed it was less than 20mins long. As far as content, I'd recomend watching it- but I would recommend looking to see if you can find it on PBS or Youtube first, before pressing the RENT button.
Steven H. HulmeReviewed in the United States on September 28, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Who's YOUR momma?
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As Henry Louis Gates says in this short documentary, "You are the sum total of your ancestors." We watch as some folks are brought together to discover their "roots," and learn that the Underground Railroad brought their ancestors together, 170 years earlier.

All of us have some colorful characters in our family tree; this video inspires me to discover more about my own forefathers.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very, very cool!
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I have worked on my tree on ancestry.com for 8 years and have created an impressive tree. However, actually seeing people come together, hearing the stories of their ancestors and watching as surprise connections are unveiled is incredibly satisfying. It is just as gratifying for me as finding key people in old records for whom I have been searching for quite some time. I watched this film 3 times today and I am so happy for those who sat in that church and found pieces of themselves. It was emotional for me, as well.
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Latonya W.Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A worthy 20 minutes
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It's not often that ancestral stories are presented this way. My only complaint is I wish it was longer and featured other families. Many thanks to Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a national treasure.
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Tawana DurhamReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2019
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Great showing.
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Great showing.
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Kathryn WilliamsReviewed in the United States on August 21, 2019
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Great watch!
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Really interesting exploration of history. This would make for a great series.
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J MoranReviewed in the United States on August 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
When you know where you came from, you discover who you are
Imagine finding out your ancestors stopped at nothing to reunite their family and then imagine meeting the family that’s risked everything to help them find freedom.
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