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Roots

     
Roots
(1976) a novel by the US writer Alex Haley (1921-92) which was also made into a television programme. It tells the story of several generations of an African-American family, and it is partly based on stories told in Haley's own family. The story starts with Kunta Kinte, a man from West Africa who is caught and taken to the US as a slave, and then describes what happens to him there and to his children and grandchildren until the time of the Civil War. The book and television programme encouraged many African-Americans to try to find out more about their own family origins.

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