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Making Roots: A Nation Captivated

Matthew F. Delmont

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California Uni Pr Trade
15 June 2016
History; History of the Americas; Social & cultural history; Media studies; Black & Asian studies
When Alex Haley's book Roots was published by Doubleday in 1976, it became an immediate bestseller. The television series, broadcast by ABC in 1977, became the most popular miniseries of all time, captivating over a hundred million Americans. For the first time, Americans saw slavery as an integral part of the nation's history. With a remake of the series in 2016 by A&E Networks, Roots has again entered the national conversation. In Making Roots, Matthew F. Delmont looks at the importance, contradictions, and limitations of mass culture and examines how Roots pushed the boundaries of history. Delmont investigates the decisions that led Alex Haley, Doubleday, and ABC to invest in the story of Kunta Kinte, uncovering how Haley's original, modest book proposal developed into an unprecedented cultural phenomenon.
By:   Matthew F. Delmont
Imprint:   California Uni Pr Trade
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   431g
ISBN:   9780520291324
ISBN 10:   0520291328
Pages:   280
Publication Date:   15 June 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Matthew F. Delmont is Professor of History at Arizona State University and the author of Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Resistance to School Desegregation and The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand, Rock 'n' Roll, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia, both published by UC Press.

Reviews for Making Roots: A Nation Captivated

Delmont builds his narrative from extensive archival research. His ability to describe these findings in an engaging style keeps the pages turning. Dramatic episodes come alive. Publishers Weekly


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