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

like many other people, I was inspired by Roots to delve into my history. I took everything in his book to be fact until I found out that a few people sued him for plagarism and WON(I've read the novel "Jubilee" and have tracked down a book written by Corlaunder.) There must have been truth to it if they won their lawsuits. I also read the article written by Elisabeth Shown Mills concerning the alleged flaws in his genealogical research(i would love to have the research notes though). Elisabeth Mills IS a credible genealogist. So more than likely. I even tracked down an article concerning alex haley in the Village Voice by a literary investigator named Phillip Noble who actually interviewed the men in Africa who knew Haley. There also was a BBC documentary about these discoveries in Alex Haley's work shown in England. It was banned in America. Why was it banned? There must have been something in it to incriminate him. I havent been able to find a copy of the documentary. But I have discovered the producer and director of it who still lives in England. At first, I didnt want to believe it. But it looks like that there is something to the allegations. He fabricated many aspects of his genealogy and fictionalized it as a book. It kind of tarnishes his legacy though. But then again i remember alex haley saying that he wanted to create a myth for Black People. I was inspired by the man along with other people black AND white to dig into their history. But at the same time, i am a firm believer of pursuing the facts and truth behind things instead of hiding them because you dont like the facts.

Rodney


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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