Roots: The Saga of an American Family Chapter 56 Summary

Alex Haley

Chapter 56 Summary

Bell doesn’t say a single word to Kunta some time, until one day when she comes running out of the big house with news of fighting in Boston. The master has to immediately go to a big meeting in the county about the trouble. Between what Bell hears in the big house and what the driver hears when he takes William Waller to these different meetings, the slaves get a pretty good idea of what is really going on.

The Boston Massacre has occurred and the plantation owners of Virginia worry about the English offering freedom to slaves who will fight for the king. Bell says she heard about the First Continental Congress up at the big house. In reality, Bell had actually read the news in a newspaper. Only Fiddler and Bell know...

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