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Roots
Roots
Author: Alex Haley
ISBN-13: 9780440174646
ISBN-10: 0440174643
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 736
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 118 ratings
Publisher: Dell Publishing Co., Inc.
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
An absolutely sensational read!! I read it about 25 years ago. Haley story of slavery, starting in the 1700s and moving forward, is a moving one.
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Helpful Score: 2
It begins with a child's birth in Africa. His parents name him Kunta Kinte, a strong, proud boy who later in life is kidnapped and taken to America to be sold into slavery. Roots follows his clan through seven generations, ending with Alex Haley himself. The book tells, in fascinating detail, the lives of Kunta Kinte, Kizzy Waller, "Chicken George" Lea, Tom Murray, Will Palmer, Simon Alexander Haley, and finally, the author. Throughout the book, African culture, as well as the culture of Americanized slaves, is introduced. One part of the book that especially grabbed my attention is a vivid, heart-wrenching description of the Middle Passage, describing the horrors that Africans experience on their trip into bondage.
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You cannot understand anything without reading this book.
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I truly enjoyed rereading this wonderful story of one family's history in the time of slavery. Everyone should read this, black or white.
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I was initially prepared to give this book a 5, but it did start to drift at the end and the fact that I learned Haley may have plagiarized parts of the book did ruin it a bit for me. Nevertheless, it is still a pivotal book in American culture and spawned a mini-series that was one of the most watched shows ever, so I felt that it is something that I should read in my lifetime (I learned that my mom read it when it first came out when she saw it at my house on the table, so that was cool too). Roots starts with such beautiful imagery that you can picture the lush African backdrop. I didn't realize so much of the early part of this book took place in Africa, I thought it was mostly about Kunta Kinte adjusting to life as a slave, but seeing his true heritage really helps the reader to understand Kunta's motives and feelings. Later the story starts to feel as brown and yellowed as the old copy of the book I was reading. You feel Kunta's despair, the overwhelming hopelessness that seems to come over the lives of everyone as they face cruelty at the hands of their white owners (some are more cruel than others, but as it is pointed out in the story, even the kindest owner still owns a person and there's something wrong with that) and helplessness over their own lives. The story follows Kunta's descendants- his daughter Kizzy, her son Chicken George, his son Tom, and Tom's family (though this is where the story gets rushed in the last hundred or so pages) all the way up to Alex Haley. the author.

This book really makes you think about your own family and your own roots. A common theme throughout the book is sharing family history with the next generation so that you know where you came from. I doubt there are a lot of families today that can really trace their family back more than about two generations, so I can see how this book really influenced the idea of tracing one's genealogy.
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One of the must read books of the time. It reads really well. The history is enlightening. I learned much from Haley's family history.
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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. He 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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This is an old book I've read before but i enjoyed it just as much and found new things to remember.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Excellent read about the history of slavery and generation afterwards. I learned a lot from this book.
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Well written, interesting saga
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Amazing story. A must read.
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Biography / Black Expierence. * * * * Alex Haley traces his ancestry beginning with a slave taken from Africa to present day (late 1900s).

The experiences and the distinction in language make this an awesome book.
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It begins with a birth in 1750, in an African village; it ends seven generations later at the Arkansas funeral of a black professor whose children are a teacher, a Navy architect, an assistant director of the U.S. Information Agency, and an author. The author is Alex Haley. This magnificent book is his.
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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.
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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.
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