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Roots: The Saga of an American Family is a novel written by Alex Haley and first published in It tells the story of Kunta Kinte, an 18th-century African. Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley. Read online, or download in secure EPUB format. Roots: the Saga of an American Family. by Alex Haley. Roots: the Saga of an American Family. by Alex Haley; OverDrive, Inc. eBook: Document. English.
We can make puns about Kafkaesque alienation.
We can make snarky asides about how Victorian ideals still confine women today. We have zero problem cracking wise about the body count on Game of Thrones.
But we're almost all out of quips when it comes to systemic racism in America. It's horrific. It's insane.
And it started in the late 15th Century. When we read Roots, we get a front-row seat to the atrocities of the slave trade. We see kidnapping. Horrible living conditions—or maybe we should say dying conditions, because forty percent of slaves didn't survive the trans-Atlantic journey—on slavers' ships.
Roots : the saga of an American family
Feet being cut off. Children taken away from parents.
Horrors that pretty much defy belief. But you better believe that these horrors happened…and that they happened on American soil. It's not pretty, but that's exactly the point. When looking at grave historical injustices such as this, it's important to stare unflinchingly at the harsh details in order to truly understand the crimes of the past.
Because the crimes of the past have a nasty way of extending into the present. The echoes of slavery still exist in America in a myriad of ways—from the fact that segregation still exists to the point that most white Americans have very few black friends , to the fact that black men are far more likely than white men to be pulled over in a traffic stop , to the fact that studies show that teachers expect less, on average, from black students.
Roots: The Saga of an American Family
This is all mind-blowingly messed up. And this is exactly why you should crack a copy of Roots today. Because this book will both underline the fact that the aftershocks of historical atrocity last a good long time…and because it contains the message that as long as the stories of the past are kept alive, we all have a chance of understanding and growing.
And changing. Could it be that the brilliance of the book came from Courlander's work?
Roots : The Saga of an American Family
I don't know and have requested "The African" from inter-library loan in order to investigate further. Margaret Walker Alexander filed a similar suit, but hers was dismissed.
The legal actions of both Courlander and Walker were resolved in This was two years after the publication of Roots in , and one year after a national television miniseries boosted sales and interest in I will also hunt down Walker's book. Secondly, the genealogical work behind the book has come into question.
This wouldn't be a problem, except that the final chapters present the genealogy as factually verified by the author in an attempt to place the work firmly in the historical fiction genre. In addition, these final chapters uphold Haley's lineage as a kind of beacon for all of African descent who "don't know who they are.
I was very disappointed by these revelations. I felt mislead, even betrayed, by Alex Haley.
However, I must concede that even with these faults, the book is a wonderful read that opened up new doors of thought to me and shaped my thinking in new ways. For that, I am grateful.
I would highly recommend this book. In addition, reading both "The African" and "Jubilee" helped me to see a little more of what Haley was getting at with writing Roots.
Now that I understand his perspective better, I can see that Roots definitely had an agenda.
Note the following when you read it: 1 The extremely compelling portions on Africa have been criticized as current social anthropology as opposed to history. Also, many believe Haley's documentation of his trip to Africa is entirely false and that the groit he met and all the officials involved were coached and eager to see Haley be successful in generating interest in their country.
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We would suspect authors had their own ideas, agendas and perspectives. But, the intro and those last chapters are horrifically misleading. It's almost like he believed his own press!The Saga of an American Family. If you are of a certain age and were anywhere near the United States in early , you probably remember the bona fide social phenomenon that was the first airing of the miniseries Roots.
The two men become business partners, and James Jackson makes his fortune. To quote from the introduction by Michael Eric Dyson: Feet being cut off.