The fourth book published by Alex Haley, it was the second to be produced for television.

Frances Conroy and Richard Jenkins went on to play a married couple on Six Feet Under (2001).

Halle Berry suffered a tailbone injury while riding one of the horses in a filmed scene.

Madge Sinclair (Dora) previously played Bell Reynolds in Roots (1977).

The director John Erman previously directed episodes of both Roots (1977) and Roots: The Next Generations (1979).