Roots: the saga of an American family
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 freemen, farmers and lawyers, an architect, a teacher-and one acclaimed author-who descended from Kunta Kinte.
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|Grouping Title||roots the saga of an american family|
|Grouping Author||haley alex|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-11-19 20:42:33PM|
|Last Indexed||2019-11-19 20:44:49PM|
Dyson, Michael Eric,
Dyson, Michael Eric.
Dyson, Michael Eric,author of introduction.
Dyson, Michael Eric.
|detailed_location_arlington||Aurora Hills Biographies|
Columbia Pike Audiovisual
|display_description||This poignant and powerful narrative tells the dramatic story of Kunta Kinte, snatched from freedom in Africa and brought by ship to America and slavery, and his descendants. Drawing on the oral traditions handed down in his family for generations, the author traces his origins back to the seventeen-year-old Kunta Kinte, who was abducted from his home in Gambia and transported as a slave to colonial America. In this account Haley provides an imaginative rendering of the lives of seven generations of black men and women.|
|format_arlington||Audiobook on CD|
|itype_arlington||Audiobook on CD|
|local_callnumber_arlington||B HALEY FAMILY 2007|
CD B HALEY A
|owning_library_arlington||Arlington Public Library|
Connection Crystal City
|subject_facet||African American families|
African Americans -- Biography
African Americans -- History
Haley, Alex -- Family
Slavery -- United States -- History
|title_display||Roots : the saga of an American family|
|title_full||Roots : [the saga of an American family] / Alex Hailey ; [special introduction by Michael Eric Dyson]|
Roots : the saga of an American family / Alex Haley ; with a special introduction by Michael Eric Dyson and Alex Haley On the Writing of Roots
Roots The Saga of an American Family
|title_sub||the saga of an American family|