Everyone was talking about ‘Roots’ in 1977 — including Ronald Reagan

In January 1977, ABC aired “Roots,” an eight-night miniseries based on Alex Haley’s best-selling 1976 book “Roots: The Saga of an American Family.” The series, which drew an estimated 130 million viewers, called America’s attention to the brutality of slavery and its effects on generations of African Americans.

History is airing a four-night remake of “Roots” starting Memorial Day. So far, reviews for the remake — including one by Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever — have been generally favorable. But there is no denying the enduring cultural significance of the original.

We’ve pulled together some of The Post’s coverage of the original

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2016/05/30/everyone-was-talking-about-roots-in-1977-including-ronald-reagan/

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