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Reconsidering Roots: Race, Politics, and Memory (Since 1970: Histories of Contemporary America) (Hardcover)

Reconsidering Roots: Race, Politics, and Memory (Since 1970: Histories of Contemporary America) By Erica L. Ball (Editor), Kellie Carter Jackson (Editor), Jr. Gates, Henry Louis (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Erica L. Ball (Editor), Kellie Carter Jackson (Editor), Jr. Gates, Henry Louis (Foreword by)
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This wide-ranging interdisciplinary collection--the first of its kind--invites us to recon-sider the politics and scope of the Roots phenomenon of the 1970s. Alex Haley's 1976 book was a publishing sensation, selling over a million copies in its first year and winning a National Book Award and a special Pulitzer Prize. The 1977 television adaptation was more than a blockbuster miniseries--it was a galvanizing national event, drawing a record-shattering viewership, earning thirty-eight Emmy nominations, and changing overnight the discourse on race, civil rights, and slavery.

These essays--from emerging and established scholars in history, sociology, film, and media studies--interrogate Roots, assessing the ways that the book and its dramatization recast representations of slavery, labor, and the black family; reflected on the promise of freedom and civil rights; and engaged discourses of race, gender, violence, and power in the United States and abroad. Taken together, the essays ask us to reconsider the limitations and possibilities of this work, which, although dogged by controversy, must be understood as one of the most extraordinary media events of the late twentieth century, a cultural touchstone of enduring significance.

Contributors: Norvella P. Carter, Warren Chalklen, Elise Chatelain, Robert K. Chester, Clare Corbould, C. Richard King, David J. Leonard, Delia Mellis, Francesca Morgan, Tyler D. Parry, Martin Stollery, Dominic Meng-Hsuan Yang, Bhekuyise Zungu

About the Author


Erica L. Ball (Editor) ERICA L. BALL is a professor of American studies at Occidental College. She is author of To Live an Antislavery Life: Personal Politics and the Antebellum Black Middle Class (Georgia). Kellie Carter Jackson (Editor) KELLIE CARTER JACKSON is an assistant professor of history at Hunter College, CUNY, and the author of Force and Freedom: Black Abolitionists and the Politics of Violence.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780820350837
ISBN-10: 0820350834
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication Date: April 15th, 2017
Pages: 234
Language: English
Series: Since 1970: Histories of Contemporary America