Search – Haley’s unpublished book

 
Search, Alex Haley's unpublished book documents his years of genealogical research that led to Roots and his reflections on its success. The book was intended to illustrate the roots of Roots.

In one section, Alex Haley describes his feelings on meeting Waller Wiser, the descendent of the man who purchased Kunta Kinte:

"There can never, never be any true integration so long as one relegated to inferior, and another to superior. . . In practical terms, then, the message for us here we sit, symbolizing white and black in our country. . . incarnate the hope, the promise, the challenge, the potential of this country. . .History, however hideous, is history. None can change. We can change, now, its legacy."

The collection consists of outlines, manuscript drafts, notes, newspaper clippings, and more!

To make a research appointment please contact Marilyn Nowlan (mnowlan@goodwin.edu) and Cynthia Hunt (chunt@goodwin.edu)

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Notes

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Chapter 1 - Murray's Suggestions, Alex Haley

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Chapter 2 - Notes, Alex Haley

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Chapter 6 - Notes, Alex Haley

Outlines

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Chapter 1 Outline ("roots" of Roots), Alex Haley

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Chapter 2 Outline, Alex Haley

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Chapter 3 - Outline, Alex Haley

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"Search" Book Outline, Alex Haley