Alexander Palmer Haley (August 11, 1921 – February 10, 1992) was an American writer. He is best known for The Autobiography of Malcolm X, which he ghostwrote, and his book Roots: The Saga of an American Family.
Born in Ithaca, New York, Haley grew up in the South in an African American family also mixed with Irish and Cherokee ancestry. Haley's father Simon was a professor of agriculture who had also served in World War I. Haley always spoke proudly of his father and the incredible obstacles of racism he had overcome. On May 24, 1939 Haley began his 20-year service with the Coast Guard.
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