Fate & Freedom: Book I - The Middle Passage

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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.92 inches | 1.33 pounds

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About the Author
K I Knight is an international award-winning Author, Genealogist, Historian, Public Speaker, and Cemetery Preservationist. Knight has logged more than 20,000 hours researching the first documented Africans to arrive in the English settlement of Virginia, beginning in 1619. In 2016, as an advisory board member for Project 1619, Knight co-curated the "1619 First African Landing" exhibit at the Hampton History Museum in Hampton, Virginia. Her passion is unrivaled and strongly evident in her published writings. Her literary work includes "Fate & Freedom," a five star - Gold medal historical series, and as her nonfiction work, "Unveiled - The Twenty and Odd," released May 18, 2019. In August 2019, Knight's research took center stage with the 400th Anniversary of the "Arrival of the First Africans in Virginia in 1619." Her literary work has been used by journalism outlets around the world, including - Associated Press, USAToday, TIME, Washington Post, BBC, and the National Parks Magazine, to name a few. Recognized by several African American hereditary societies, including The Sons & Daughters of the US Middle Passage and the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Knight's research was featured in the AAHGS Journal - 400th Anniversary Commemorative Addition. Knight is a board member for several national non-profit organizations across the country and is an active member of numerous historical, genealogical, and literary associations, as well. The mother of three adult children, Knight, lives in Central Florida and is the Director of 1619 Genealogy.

A young girl must adapt to a new life after losing her freedom in this sweeping debut work of historical fiction.

Margaret lives in Pongo, a town in Angola, situated on the western coast of Africa. She is the daughter of a Soba, a community leader, and her family holds a highly respected place in her community. Life changes drastically for the 8-year-old girl when Imbangala destroys her village, murder her family, and force her into slavery. What follows is a horror-filled journey for Margaret and her friend John. Their paths eventually intersect with Capt. Jope's, a minister and buccaneer who believes it's God's will for him to ensure the safety of the young African children. Yet Margaret's and John's fates become irrevocably linked to several powerful men in England, including the Earl of Warwick and Sir Edwin Sandys. These two wealthy men lead opposing factions vying for control of the Virginia Company and their financial interests abroad in the American colonies. Though Margaret and John find peace and contentment in England, they are merely pawns in a larger political game. They are sent to Virginia, where Margaret must endure the ever-present hardship and fear of an early colonist. At times tragic and gruesome, Knight's first installment in a series of historical novels is a story of resilience and survival. The author does an excellent job of using Margaret's and John's experiences as a window to a broader narrative involving universal themes of power, money, and religion. The often-overlooked story of the "black Mayflower" and the early arrival of Africans on the shores of America is detailed and well researched. Knight capably interweaves facts with fiction, bringing the historical figures alive.

A compelling cast breathes life into a story that traces the roots of American slavery back to the 17th century.