"Roots: The Saga of an American Family" is a story that many of us know well. Even if you've read the book or watched the late 70's TV miniseries, listening to the audiobook adaptation narrated by the acclaimed actor Avery Brooks will give you a new appreciation for this fascinating and tragic historical account.
This audiobook has served as an important part of African American history and culture for years. It chronicles the findings of the author upon learning about his roots, which brought him back to Africa, and began with the birth of a baby. Alex remembers when he was a young child and sitting with his grandmother, who told him stories about his family tree; stories that reached back many generations to a time of slavery.
Alex's grandmother referred to the main character in her stories as "The African". It would take Alex doing further research into his family's history to uncover the real name of "The African", which he found out was Kunta Kinte.
Roots: The Saga of an American Family will bring you back to the birth of Kunta Kinte, taking you through the day he was brought to Colonial America on a slave ship. You'll revisit his heartaches and those of his soon-to-be family members and they live their lives as slaves in a new world that's so unfamiliar and so cruel. This audiobook will give you a new respect for African American history, as well as a newfound appreciation for the trials and tribulations they faced during a very dark time in our nation's history.
Alex Haley was an accomplished writer and worked for many publications, including The Reader's Digest. He had the great privilege of interviewing some of the most influential people in our country. His interview with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is said to be the most lengthy interview King ever allowed with anyone. Alex co-wrote The Autobiography of Malcolm X and was a voice against racism until his death in 1992.
It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley’s own family tree.
When Alex was a boy growing up in Tennessee, his grandmother used to tell him stories about their family, stories that went way back to a man she called “the African” who was taken aboard a slave ship bound for Colonial America. As an adult, Alex spent twelve years searching for documentation that might authenticate what his grandmother had told him. In an astonishing feat of genealogical detective work, he discovered the name of “the African”—Kunta Kinte—as well as the exact location of the village in West Africa from where he was abducted in 1767. Roots is based on the facts of his ancestry, and the six generations of people—slaves and freemen, farmers and lawyers, an architect, a teacher—and one acclaimed author—who descended from Kunta Kinte.
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