Harold Courlander (1908-96) was a noted novelist, folklorist and journalist, specializing in African and African American cultures. He wrote more than 40 books, including studies of Hopi traditions, the Ashanti of Ghana, Yoruba gods, and Haitian voodoo. Courlander charged Alex Haley, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Roots, with plagiarism and was awarded an out-of-court settlement.
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