It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.
When Alex was a boy growing up in Tennessee, his grandmother used to tell him stories about their family, stories that went way back to a man she called the African who was taken aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial America.
As an adult, Alex spent twelve years searching for documentation that might authenticate what his grandmother had told him. In an astonishing feat of genealogical detective work, he discovered the name of the African - Kunta Kinte - as well as the exact location of the village in West Africa from where he was abducted in 1767.
Roots is based on the facts of his ancestry, and the six generations of people - slaves and freed men, farmers and lawyers, an architect, a teacher, and one acclaimed author - descended from Kunta Kinte.
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This book is a masterpiece. It should be required reading by every black American who ever wondered where their own ancestors came from. Truly inspiring. A people lost within themselves needs to know who they are. A lost nation without an identity can now have a place and history of who they are and where they beige.
I was sad when it ended. I will miss them. It will take me some time to get over this book. I want to meet all those people in heaven. How could white people be so heartless and arrogant and cruel. The narrator was phenomenal. Better then a move or reading a book. P.s. I am white.
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