The African American Odyssey of John Kizell
A South Carolina Slave Who Returned to Fight the Slave Trade in His African Homeland
Kizell's remarkable story provides insight to the cultural and spiritual milieu from which West Africans were wrenched before being forced into slavery. Lowther also sheds light on African complicity in the slave trade and examines how it may have contributed to Sierra Leone's latter-day struggles as an independent state.
"Lowther recounts Kizell's remarkable story from his childhood in Africa, capture, and enslavement, through joining the British following the surrender of Charleston in the American Revolution, to his resettlement in Nova Scotia and eventual return to his native West Africa. . . . The result is a dramatic piece of Atlantic history told from an African perspective, a rarity in the historiography."—Choice
"In a beautifully written and deeply researched book, Kevin Lowther has restored John Kizell to the pantheon of enslaved blacks who, during the War of Independence, sided with the British forces who emancipated them rather than with the American colonists who would not. This is an invaluable chronicle of the life and times of a man who continued to fight against the slave trade even after his return to Africa."—Walter C. Carrington, former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria and Senegal and former Peace Corps director in Sierra Leone
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