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Why Were We Watching Roots?

April 10, 2019 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Why Were We Watching Roots?

When the television miniseries Roots first aired in January of 1977, it earned the largest television audience rating in American history. However, while its popularity is well-established, the reasons for its immediate and overwhelming success are less clear. Through research, analysis, and speculation, MCC Faculty Scott Peller addresses this question and suggests some possible reasons for its enormous viewership.

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Lorenzo Cultural Center