Alex Haley
#1047 Overall Influence

Alex Haley

American biographer, screenwriter, and novelist


Why is this person notable and influential?

Alexander Murray Palmer Haley was an American writer and the author of the 1976 book Roots: The Saga of an American Family. ABC adapted the book as a television miniseries of the same name and aired it in 1977 to a record-breaking audience of 130 million viewers. In the United States, the book and miniseries raised the public awareness of black American history and inspired a broad interest in genealogy and family history.

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What schools is this person affiliated with?
Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City State University

Public college in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, United States

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Notable Works

What contributions to academia has this person made?
  • Queen: The Story of an American Family
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family

Influence Rankings by Discipline

How’s this person influential?
#170 World Rank #27 USA Rank
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