Roots: The Saga of an American Family Chapter 37 Summary

Alex Haley

Chapter 37 Summary

Kunta and the men he is chained with are again taken out of the filthy hold and up to the deck. Kunta makes it a point to look at these men this time. Most of the men, having deep, festering gashes and pustules, are a lot worse off than Kunta. Kunta and the man he calls “his shacklemate” from the Wolof tribe are beaten again. Soon they are cleaned with buckets of seawater and brushes, as is the white man’s ritual to clean the prisoners. Kunta and the Wolof are full of murderous hatred for their captors as the prisoners are again made to dance so that they will keep fit.

Other toubob come in and scrape the feces from the hold every few days and now try to lessen the stink in the hold by turning vinegar to steam...

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