Proceedings of Research Papers Presented At The National Research Seminar In English On “Widening Canvas Of Literature” Held On 03rd And 04th December, 2015
Prof. Akhilesh Barche
Govt. P.G. College, Khargone.
Dr. Priti Banerjee
Matushri Ahilya Devi Teachers’
Training College, Indore.
Literature is an artistic expression of human experience. This experience is projected by African diaspora which was produced in the African-American literature of twentieth century. The Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s was a time when literature and art flourished. The 1970s witnessed African American books topping the bestseller charts. Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley was among the first novel to do so. He remained unbeaten as no other African-American had ever solicited to sketch his family history back from its tribal origins, through the apprehension of the slave trade, and on to achieving something resembling equality in the world of the white man. Haley’s narration well illustrates the extent of the crimes that slavery committed against Africans. The blacks had to face day-to-day worries about their future, whimsicality of their masters and were practically powerless against all wrongs done to them. The Blacks were then whipped before the other slaves and their cries rent the sky. The slaves fainted many times while being flogged. His novel Roots helped many Americans to deal sincerely with the history of slavery and stimulated a keen interest in genealogy. In this paper main focus is made on his major work Roots, which depict the social life and status of slaves. The Black holocaust of American slavery will never be forgotten and hence it becomes pertinent to know the sufferings of the Blacks. In Alex Haley’s fiction, the sociological ideas depicted are Afro centric. These various sociological perspectives which the slaves suffered and their anguish may be elaborated in brief which mirrors the black holocaust.
Keywords: slavery; holocaust;identity; Middle passage; freedom