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The Roots Revolution

By Angela Walton-Raji
Originally published January 27, 2002

THE NATION was transformed 25 years ago. For the first time, most of the nation stopped. For eight consecutive nights, regular activity ceased and millions took a look at the most taboo of subjects in American history - slavery - with the airing of the television miniseries Roots.

From that episodic event, the story of an American family took hold in the hearts and minds of a nation, and 25 years later its impact is still felt. The telling of the story of a humble family from the West African village of Juffure more than 240 years ago began a new era of discussion, self-reflection, family study, ethnic identity and American culture. The nation was transfixed, held its breath and changed.

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