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

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.


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