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The African American Odyssey of John Kizell: The Life and Times of a South Carolina Slave Who Returned to Fight the Slave Trade in His African Homeland Hardcover – May 15, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press (May 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570039607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570039607
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,255,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A compelling biography of a South Carolina Slave who returned to fight the slave trade in his African homeland

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Kevin G. Lowther served as a Peace Corps teacher in Sierra Leone from 1963 to 1965. In 1971 he helped found Africare, a humanitarian organization supporting development and relief programs throughout Africa. He later managed Africare's work in Southern Africa for nearly thirty years. A former newspaper editor, Lowther has written on African issues for the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and other publications. Coauthor of Keeping Kennedy's Promise: The Peace Corps' Moment of Truth, Lowther lives in Springfield, Virginia.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George H. Petrides on July 18, 2011
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I found this story of an amazing man able to adapt to enormous political and economic changes spellbinding. Taken by slavers as a child from Sierra Leone to Columbia, South Carolina, John Kizell taught himself to read and write; joins British forces during the War for Independence; later shipped to Nova Scotia and eventually back to his home country of Sierra Leone where he fought slavery on his own terms - and those great events just skim the surface of Kizell's remarkable life. Well researched and written by a talented story teller. I loved it.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Malu on August 18, 2012
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Not only is this odyssey eloquently written, meticulously documented,and filled with unpredictable twists and turns but it is also the story-behind-the-story that is remarkable ... the serendipity of events that helped Lowther become interested in and dedicated to discovering every bit of evidence about Kizell's story. Lowther's work is a distinguished addition to the scholarship on slavery and Africans who returned to the continent and it is also an example of how one Peace Corps Volunteer used his understanding of contemporary Sierra Leone culture to probe deeply into the past. It shows how former volunteers can continue to build bridges between cultures--decades afterwards! This is a "must read" for everyone working on the continent today--particularly those in Sierra Leone and Liberia--because it gives a broader, more complex framework that helps in understanding current events and experiences.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Loretta A. Kleve on September 3, 2011
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I was a Peace Corps Volunteer with Kevin Lowther in Sierra Leone,and I, of course, bought his book. I was mesmerised by the book from page 1 until the end. Kevin is such a gifted historian!
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By Robert I. Williams on March 22, 2014
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Haven't the time to read the book yet, but just perusing it I can't wait till I can sit down and read it, will update this comment when I do.
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