Reconsidering Roots: Race, Politics, and Memory
Erica L. Ball, editor Kellie Carter Jackson, editor
University of Georgia Press Softcover $27.95 (234pp) 978-0-8203-5082-0
This rich book on Roots captures the complexity of its reception and its enduring place in popular culture.
In ten chapters, the essayists in Reconsidering Roots posit that, although Roots has been a topic of debate since its release, few would argue against its impact on readers and viewers around the world, and how they think about slavery, reconstruction, African civilization, and the modern civil rights movement. Editors Erica L. Ball and Kellie Carter Jackson have compiled an honest and intriguing look at Roots and its creator, Alex Haley.