No other novelist or historian has provided such a shattering, human view of slavery.
Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a slave in the United States? Do your children complain that you are treating them like slaves when you ask them to take out the garbage? What was it like for the slaves who were transported from Africa? What did They think about it? How did they live beforehand? What happened to their descendants - do you know any of their descendants?
Roots by Alex Haley answers many of these questions. H researched his family back to Africa, when his ancestor was kidnapped and sold as a slave. He takes the reader from the birth of this ancestor, Kunta Kinte, through the generations, to himself, Alex Haley. The story is easy to read, and also enthralling. Back in the 1970's it was made into a television min-series. I Think this might have been the first ever TV mini-series. It starred Lavar Burton as Kunta Kinte. It is very worth-while reading. Although acceptable for teens & adults, I will not allow my 9yo to read it yet.