Roots by Alex Haley

Roots: The Saga of an American Family

Alex Haley wondered how his family came to be in America. He found a story of strength, desire for freedom, and family. A story that begins with an African stolen away from the Gambia.

Each generation, from stubborn Kunta Kinte to intellectual Bertha, strives for a better life in a hostile land. Haley shows the effects of slavery on the spirit. Masters were hostile at the hint of rebellion and easily broke up families. Haley’s characters provide a heart wrenching look at the white and African American dynamic during and after slavery. Roots is an African American family saga, a look at African American life during slavery and beyond, and a tale of a person learning of their family’s past.

Want more books like Roots?

An elderly woman looks back at her life from the Civil War to Civil Rights in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitman by Earnest J. Gaines.

Slavery and beyond is seen through four generations of an African American family in Cane River by Lalita Tademy.

A Civil Rights activist looks back on her family’s history after the Civil War in Proud Shoes by Pauli Murray.


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