His name was Kunta Kinte. Kidnapped from Africa and enslaved in America, he refused to accept his slave name of Toby. Heirs kept his heroic defiance alive, whispering his name Kunta Kinte.
1750. Kunta Kinte, born in Juffure, Gambia, West Africa is kidnapped upon his return from his ritual manhood training by invading foreigners and transferred to a ship bound for America.
1767. After a harrowing three-month crossing, Kunta is put up for auction. He goes to the Reynolds plantation in Spotsylvania, VA.
1776. Still driven by his memories as a Mandinka warrior Kunta, now renamed Toby escapes. He is recaptured and crippled.
1780. Kunta happily marries Belle. Kunta wants to attempt escape again with Belle but the birth of a daughter named Kizzy changes his mind.
1806. A teenage Kizzy, is forced to reveal her role in Noah's escape which prompts her sale to the rough cock-breeder Tom Moore.
1824. Kizzy's son becomes skilled at cock-fighting. George's eventual loss in the ring results in his being sent to England to pay off a debt.
1861. The nation erupts into War as George returns to find his sons but the law will forfeit his status as a free man if he stays more than 60 days.
1865: The Civil War and slavery ends while the system of sharecropping is born. George returns allowing the family to settle on their own land.
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