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Re: Alex Haley's Roots: A Novel or History?

Hold Up!! I'm not feeling Sowell either, and here's why.
"Roots" is a novel! It's not scholarship, nor does it try to be. Sowell's standard is way off-base.
But, "Roots" was a cultural phenomenon that eventually turned genealogy, (notice I didn't say African-American genealogy) into America's second-most popular hobby. Gardening is first. And the book also gave ethnic whites permission to claim their heritage.
Unfortunately, the documentary never examined the breadth of "Roots" societal influence.

The problem with Sowell is he can't see the forest for the trees.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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