The epic tale of celebrated Pulitzer-prize winning author Alex Haley's ancestors as portrayed in the acclaimed twelve hour mini-series Roots, was first told in his 1976 bestseller Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The docu-drama covers a period of history that begins in mid-1700s Gambia, West Africa and concludes during post-Civil War United States, over 100 years later. This 1977 miniseries eventually won 9 Emmy awards, a Golden Globe award, and a Peabody award, and still stands as the most watched miniseries in U.S. history.
I remember watching this, I was very young wen it was shown, so it may have been reruns a few years later, I remember sobbing at the injustice, cruelty and inhumanity. I also remember feeling that if you have have hope, you never ever give up.
Based on Alex Haley's book who is already based on his own family history, Roots is one powerful mini serie about slavery. From Kunta Kinte (1750) to Tom Harvey (1870), we follow 120 years of the U.S. history throught the eyes of a young slave and his descendants