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18/04/1977 Alex Haley author of "Roots" receives Pulitzer Prize

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Roots author Alex Haley on the horror of slavery, 1977: CBC Archives | CBC

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Digging Up the Roots of "Roots" (Alex Haley)

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How Roots Captivated an Entire Nation

Roots: The Saga of an American Family is a novel written by Alex Haley. It tells the story of Kunta Kinte, an 18th-century African, captured as an adolescent, sold into slavery in Africa, transported to North America. Haley received a Pulitzer Prize for his book, and the TV series won several major awards.