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Roots: The Saga of an American Family Paperback – May 22, 2007
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''A gripping mixture of urban confessional and political manifesto, it not only inspired a generation of black activists, but drove home the bitter realities of racism to a mainstream white liberal audience.'' --Observer
''Groundbreaking.'' --Associated Press
''A Pulitzer Prize-winning story about the family ancestry of author Alex Haley... [and] a symbolic chronicle of the odyssey of African Americans from the continent of Africa to a land not of their choosing.'' --Washington Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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It's a disgrace that such a great book was allowed to be reprinted in such a sloppy fashion. Readers, shop around for a copy from the '70's if you want to enjoy this book as it deserves to be.
Alex Haley writes of his seven generations of family life ~~ beginning with "The African" ~ Kunta Kinte ~ who was abducted from his village in The Gambia and ending with a brief biography of himself. From a proud African captured and forced to become a slave to freedmen and farmers, business owners and the women who prayed for the families while keeping the stories alive ... this is one book to cherish.
You struggle with Kinte's disappointments, fears, sorrow, bitterness and joy as he watches his freedom disappears into slavery. You begin to understand his anguish at losing his family, self-respect, pride and honor. You begin to understand the stoicness behind each slave's demeanor as he or she serve their masters/mistresses and their secret longings for a home they can call theirs or even live their lives without fear of being sold off to another family plantation. And you begin to understand their relief when the Civil War ended.
I have to confess, Haley's family are among the fortunate ~~ they managed to stay together through two slave-holding families ~~ though I don't understand how the Murray family can say slavery is ok. They may be more lenient than other slaveholding families ~~ but it is still wrong to hold another human being against their will simply because of their skin color.
Haley demonstrates how the intelligence of his family helped them survive the years during slavery, after Civil War and during the Reconstruction period.Read more ›
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One of the most informative and enjoyable books I've ever read. It interwove our history with the novel in a beautiful wayPublished 13 days ago by David Isenberg
Hauntingly good read. It surely tells us how we systematically built the foundation for Black Live s Matter with the dehumanization of the slave.Published 2 months ago by Deborah Hulbert
This great book is a lesson in history, anthropology.genealogy, and optimism. I learned so much from Alex Haley, such as Africans were mostly of the Muslim faith. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mary Spanabel Weber