I have enjoyed reading Roots and watching the miniseries over the last several decades. I know that Alex Haley plagiarized from a book by Harold Courlander called The African. Haley had to pay $650,000 in a settlement. One day I'll buy courlander's book. But Haley was very careless in his fictional story. He didn't pay attention to the chronology of "his storyline." Here are some examples: P. 369 : Kizzy was born on 9/12/1790. P. 444 : "It was a week after Kizzy's sixteenth birthday, the early morning of the first Monday of October." How could that be? And the year would have to have been 1806. 458 : Miss Malazy was nine years older than Kizzy which would have made the former 25 (b. in 1781). 462 : Chicken George was born in the winter of 1806. But even late winter would have been a pregnancy of only 4 months and would have moved the year up to 1807. (She got imprgnated by Master Tom Lea -- her new owner.) 468 : Sister Sara was with Masa Tom Lea for 14 years. Her first year would have 1792 when Tom Lea was only 14! 528 : It's supposed to be 1824. Chicken George tells Masa Lea that except for his mother the rest of the slaves were over 50. Hoever, Miss Malizy and Sister Sara would have been only 43 and 44 respectively. 528 : Masa Lea said he was about 15 years younger than Uncle Mingo. So, the former would have been born in 1778.