Alexander Murray Palmer Haley is the author of the book, "The Roots." He was born in Ithaca, New York on August 11, 1921. He was the oldest of three brothers and a sister. His father was a professor of agriculture at Alabama University. His mother was Bertha George Haley. The family had African American, Mandinka, Cherokee, Scottish and Scottish-Irish roots. Alex was always very proud of his father and the racism he had overcome. Alex went to college in Mississippi, and then a year later he went to North Carolina.
He enlisted in the military, and he began a twenty-year career as a United States coast guard. It was during his service in the Pacific Theater of operations that Haley started writing stories. During his enlistment, other sailors would pay him to write love letters to their girlfriends. In 1976, Haley published Roots: The saga of an American family, which was a novel based on his family's history. Roots was eventually released in thirty-seven languages. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his writings.
Roots is a novel written by Alex Haley and published in 1976. Roots is an iconic novel about an 18th century African Man named Kunta Kinte that was captured and sold into slavery in the United States. The story follows his life after being sold into slavery and the lives of his descendants all the way down to Haley himself.
This book is considered one of the most important novels in American history. Its publishing and the 1977 Television adaptation were wildly popular and led to a cultural sensation in the United States. The novel brings about a powerful look at slavery and its impact even generations later.