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I enjoyed watching the TV series when it was first aired but
never considered the possiblility that it was accurate in such detail. It was more of a "it coulda happened" story to me. Haley was a good writer if not a geneologist. I'd have to consider that if the book got folks thinking and interested in exploring the truth about slavery rather than just accept what they had already learned and heard, that "Roots" was a worthy addition to the literature of our time. Much of what I learned was just the dark side slavery in American history. My early education was from a "yankee" perspective only. I know now how little I really knew and understood. "Roots" made a valuable contribution to my overall knowledge regardless of whether or not it was an accurate chronology of events in the life of a real person or family.
Haley was good at something. That's for sure. However,
since he settled a plagiarism lawsuit, I'm not real sure if his talent was writing.
But as you may have noticed
Factual writing is dull and a dead end labor. Fantasy writing brings in money. Mixing the two gets you money, awards, and a place in history. I'd have to say that the real truth if often not discovered unless a lie is told first.;)
(NT) This is a very old story.
'Roots' is still being treated as history in my daughter's
High School. I guess they believed the New York Times treatment of the story.
Unfortunately, kiddpeat, revisionist history sometimes tends to stick. Did you see the HBO movie "Vendetta" that has been shown several times (now available on DVD)? It's the story of the biggest mass lynching in U.S. history in New Orleans in the early 1890's. The victims were Italians and as a result there was even talk of war between the U.S. and Italy. I dare say that most people here never even heard a mention of such war talk in their schooling. I stumbled across it because that statue was in front of my Great Grandfather's main cigar store and it came up in research of that time period and location.
The movie "Vendetta" left something out that was in newspaper accounts of the period and a book written about the incident. After the mob formed in front of the Clay statue on Canal St. they went to the area called "Congo Square" and many blacks joined the mob. Remember the scene of the mob stringing up the Italian from the lamp post? According to a newspaper account of a reporter who witnessed it, the big man at the front of the rope was black. The movie edited out references to such participation. BTW, this incident and what led up to it was the start of the use of the term "Mafia" in the U.S. press and the following "Mafia" covearge that became common.
Historical note: the "war" between the two Italian families in the early 1890's is sometimes refered to as "the War of the Oranges" as the major bone of contention was contoll of the docks and produce sales in the city.
(NT) No, I haven't. I'll have to look for it sometime.
(NT) Interesting, Thanks!
Unfortunately, they do not retract the Pulitzer
No matter what happens, the winner keeps the prize and the prize money.
Its a work of fiction, guys, its not real, or biographical.
though in its separate elements it is pretty historical. It was lucky that it coincided with a sensitive point in US History where the legacy of slavery was just being addressed. I doubt it would raise many ripples now. And Haley has already been sued for plagiarism and has paid. It's such an old story.
People who believed it was an entirely true story about a real family are the kind who believe The DaVinci Code.
It's separate elements? If you had bothered to read the
thread, you would have seen that its being taught in US schools as history. It is not.
What are separate elements? Did Haley suddenly research parts of his story while not researching others?