Roots | Critical Essay by David Herbert Donald

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Roots.
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Critical Essay by David Herbert Donald

As the reconstruction of a genealogy, Haley's [Roots] is a tour de force…. [It] reminds us how even in appallingly adverse circumstances blacks often maintained, through oral traditions, a full account of their lineage and a proper sense of their individual identities. Skillfully, Haley checked his oral history against surviving written documents, and the family tree that he has outlined seems not just plausible but authentic. It is easy to accept Haley's statement: "To the best of my knowledge and of my effort, every lineage statement within Roots is from either my African or American families' carefully preserved oral history, much of which I have been able conventionally to corroborate with documents." (p. 70)

Readers should not expect to find in these pages an accurate history of Haley's family, any more than they would look for a factually...

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