Odyssey of John Kizell
The African American Odyssey of John Kizell
Author: Kevin G. Lowther
Publish: 2012
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Format: Paperback, hardcover
ISBN: 978-1611171419
Pages: 326

The inspirational story of John Kizell celebrates the life of a West African enslaved as a boy and brought to South Carolina on the eve of the American Revolution. Fleeing his owner, Kizell served with the British military in the Revolutionary War, began a family in the Nova Scotian wilderness, and then returned to his African homeland to help found a settlement for freed slaves in Sierra Leone. He spent decades battling European and African slave traders along the coast and urging his people to stop selling their own into foreign bondage.

This in-depth biography is based in part on Kizell's own writings illuminates the links between South Carolina and West Africa during the Atlantic slave trade's peak decades.

Kizell's remarkable story provides insight into 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.