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This paper discusses how few lessons on slavery can compete with the impact that "Roots" by Alex Haley has had on American society. It looks at how the story, said to be written from true stories with fictional twists, provides a graphic and accurate portrayal of life for a slave in America at that time. It shows how the author puts together a time-line that spans several generations and begins in the African homeland in a journey that few can imagine with text books and other school lessons. It also analyzes how the author's work has impacted American society for the past three decades because of the story he brought to the public eye.
From the Paper:"The reader is treated to examples of both pushes and pulls from sociological standpoint while the story unfolds. The examples of such occurrences are interspersed through out the story while clearly illustrating the influence the story had on not only the immediate society of Kunte's family but also the societal attitudes and changes that rippled from the path his family endured, and also chose throughout the story. One example is the ship trip to the states when Kunte is first captured. He is pulled into the situation and the society around him at the time is also being pulled because there were no choices."
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"Roots" (2004, February 02) Retrieved January 28, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/roots-47134/
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