Monday, October 26, 2009

Roots: You Learn Something New Every Day (Almost)!

This post originally appeared on my now-deleted blog, You Learn Something New Every Day (Almost)!

1976 saw the publication of Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley. Biiiiiig hit, especially after being turned into two TV mini-series.

But I just learned that there was a lot of controversy over this allegedly-true story's veracity. Haley was even sued -- successfully -- for plagiarism over certain segments of it.

Huh! Nobody bothered to tell me any of that! Who'da thunk it?

Thanks for your time.


  1. i think it doesn't matter. the publication of the book and airing of the series represented a seismic shift in black america and america in general.

  2. Oh, I agree completely! It's just the nature of this blog is to list the stuff I didn't know previously. ROOTS had a huge, positive impact!


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