The African American Experience: Roots and W. E. B. Du Bois

Alex Haley, famous for writing Roots: The Saga of an American Family (1976), searched for identity by tracing his family history. He spent many years inquiring of every African he met the meaning of a few African words passed down from his ancestor Kunta Kinte, who was kidnapped in Africa and sold into slavery in... Continue Reading →

Little House on the Prairie and Family History

My college roommates once came home to find me weeping during an episode of Little House on the Prairie.  I don’t remember the specifics of the show, but I do remember my embarrassment.  They laughed at me, but I maintain that the series is one heartwarming and charming enough to cry over.  There are many... Continue Reading →

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