In this historically accurate work of fiction, readers follow the journey of Afrika, an African man descended from an emperor who is first enslaved and then given his freedom by white men.
Captured in Africa and transported across the ocean to the Americas, Afrika's captors sell him to a German-born plantation owner in Georgia who becomes a father figure to him. A learned man, he teaches Afrika the value and power of an education, instilling in him a love of learning and starting him on a path toward intellectual freedom even before he gains his physical freedom.
As Afrika's journey continues, he meets a variety of people from different backgrounds who introduce him to new ideas. An English-born abolitionist in New York City, a French intellectual with revolutionary leanings in Montreal, and visits to renowned institutions of learning in Paris and London make a deep impact on Afrika.
These encounters shape Afrika's view of the world as it is-and inform his vision of how the world should be. Consequently, as his understanding of politics and philosophy grows, so does his involvement in the revolutions in the United States, France, and Haiti.
About the Author
Karl A. Mitchell, BA, MA, MA, was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. He is the product of a diverse heritage and the embodiment of Jamaica's motto: out of many, one people. Mitchell's father's father's father was born and raised as a Jamaican Maroon, while his mother's mother's mother was born and raised as a Jew in Jamaica.
Mitchell has earned a bachelor's degree and two master's degrees. Currently, he is pursuing a doctorate. He lives in New York, where he works as a consultant, lecturer, author, and entrepreneur.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Karl A. Mitchell's "Afrika's Struggle: His Experiential Journey" was an emotionally jarring read that stimulated the activist in me! I didn't know what to expect before I read this book but I have been taught, scandalized, romanced and tearful during the relationships I built with the characters in this story. Cleverly, Mitchell juxtapositions Afrika, the man along with Africa, the land which highlights a historic struggle through the evolution of Afrika, the man. This story hasn't been told quite this way before. Not only will the pages of the book fly by as you read but the message of the story will haunt your thoughts. I recommend this book to anyone who considers themselves a history buff, enjoys gritty adventure, colorful language and has an overactive imagination, such as myself, so that they may envision the lavish scenes that played in my mind during Afrika's journey.