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"Examines the problematic history of Haley's novel, in relation to the miniseries, focusing on questions of representational, exoticization, and ultimately the very "authenticity" of the literary source."

Along with enormous success, however, Roots also brought controversy to its author. Two separate novelists leveled charges of plagiarism against Haley, one of whom, Harold Courlander, received a large settlement and an admission from Haley that passages from Courlander’s novel The African had found their way into Roots. Haley’s genealogical scholarship was also challenged.

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