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  1. Alex Haley By: EloraKarim

  2. Personal Life • Alexander Murray Palmer Haley • August 11, 1921 • New York • Dad  Agriculture Professor • Mom  Music Teacher • Oldest of 2 bros and 1 sis • Graduated high school age 15 • Coast Guard

  3. Coast Guard • Twenty years • Mess Attendant  Steward (Petty Officer) • Learned to write • Transferred to journalist • Chief Journalist created • Received large number of medals

  4. Writer • Reader’s Digest • Playboy Magazine interview • Malcolm X • Reputation as great interviewer • Roots: Saga of an American Family

  5. Roots • Stories about KuntaKinte • Talked with griot of Juffure, Gambia • Over decade research • About KuntaKinte’s life as slave and descendents • Won Pulitzer • Heavily plagiarized • Sources questioned • Mostly fictional

  6. KuntaKinte ( TV miniseries style)

  7. Later Years • Died February 10, 1992 • Heart attack • Second historical novel: Alex Haley’s Queen • Galley named after him • Buried in Tennessee