Monday night, History premiered the first installment of Roots. It's a reboot and retelling of Alex Haley's novel of the same name. The original miniseries aired in 1977, and was an honest depiction of life before, during and after slavery
The 2016 version has left viewers wanting more. Not just from the series, but from that part of history. Shortly after last night's episode aired, #RootsSyllabus started trending on Twitter
There was a call to action.
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If you want to read more about what you're watching tonight on #Roots -- check out the suggestions on #RootsSyllabus — Joshua DuBois (@joshuadubois) May 31, 2016 '
Some people already had their list ready!
If I were teaching #Roots, 1. The Book of Negroes 2. Jubilee 3. Dessa Rose 4. Wench 5. A Mercy#RootsSyllabus — Dr. Rondrea Danielle (@Dr_FireAndIce) May 31, 2016 '
The #RootsSyllabus must include the work of @DrJoyDeGruy. https://t.co/NiUVeKDPqm. @FeministaJones@dradambanks@RootsSeries@levarburton — theBlackFemaleFactor (@iAskMonica) May 31, 2016'
For those interested in learning about the Middle Passage.
For the middle passage, The Slave Ship by Marcus Rediker #RootsSyllabus — Erica Ball (@Erica_L_Ball) May 31, 2016 '
Slave narratives offer insight into our ancestors' day-to-day lives.
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano #RootsSyllabus — Natasha Lightfoot (@njlightfoot) May 31, 2016 '
Free PDF of Slave Narratives from the Library of Congress -> https://t.co/ou0BRICHr8#RootsSyllabus#Roots — Brandale Randolph (@BRandolph1854) May 31, 2016'
Follow the money and break down the slave economy.
Sven Beckert's Empire Of Cotton was essential in my understanding the centrality of slavery in the development of capitalism #RootsSyllabus — Sutherland Simmons (@sutherlandsmns) May 31, 2016'
Get a detailed look at slavery from a woman's point-of-view.
Camp's Closer To Freedom: Enslaved Women & Everyday Resistance provides important look at ways women challeged enslavement #RootsSyllabus — Tennille N. Allen (@halfmeasurefull) May 31, 2016 '