So begins Roots, one of the most important and
influential books of our time. When originally
published thirty years ago, it galvanized the
nation and created an extraordinary political,
racial, social, and cultural dialogue that had
not been seen in this country since the
publication of Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Roots has lost none of its emotional power and
drama, and its message for today’s and future
generations is even more vital and relevant
than it was thirty years ago.