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After Aquarius DawnedHow the Revolutions of the Sixties Became the Popular Culture of the Seventies$
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Judy Kutulas

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469632919

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632919.001.0001

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Different Strokes for Different Folks

Different Strokes for Different Folks

Roots, Family, and History

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After Aquarius Dawned

Judy Kutulas

University of North Carolina Press

The television mini-series of Alex Haley’s book Roots marked a television milestone, presenting an African-American family as the stars of a show intended for a broad American audience. The popularity of the series reflected Americans’ valuing of diversity in the 1970s, but also whites’ interest in their own pasts. What appealed to the audience is the degree to which Haley’s ancestors overcame adversity and fought authority even in the few ways allowed them. The program popularized a new interpretation of African-American history.

Keywords:   Roots, Alex Haley, ancestry, ABC, family, television, mini-series

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