Roots: The Saga of an American Family Chapter 70 Summary

Alex Haley

Chapter 70 Summary

Now the plantation is abuzz with news from a country called Haiti, a country with a population made up mostly of slaves shipped from Africa. The plantation owners in Virginia are first in an uproar that the few rich white people in Haiti (who own thousands and thousands of slaves) look down at the poorer whites who can’t afford to own slaves. The slaves on William Waller’s plantation snicker to each other out of earshot at something so surprising to their master but not at all surprising to them. In fact, the plantation owners are even more appalled that the white people are mixing with the black people so much in Haiti that many blacks wished to prove they were not of African descent at all. These “colored” people, being...

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