Race: Haley's Rx: Talk, Write, Reunite

"If I had been taking hashish, I could not have dreamed of this." In the fashionable Los Angeles community of Cheviot Hills, every mail brings bulging sacks of letters to Alex Haley—all of it evidence of the astonishing impact produced by his saga of a black family's tortuous trail to freedom. Haley thinks he knows why Roots touched all America. In an interview last week with TIME Correspondent William Marmon, he explained his own theory of the Roots phenomenon and told how he came to write the...

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