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THE SEED IS MINE: THE LIFE OF KAS MAINE, A SOUTH AFRICAN SHARECROPPER 1894-1985

Charles Van Onselen

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ISBN 10: 080909603X / ISBN 13: 9780809096039
Published by Hill & Wang Pub, US, 1996
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Pages are clean, no markings from previous owners. Boards are clean.Spine slightly cocked. Binding is tight. Faint wear to cloth at spine ends and corners. Text block is clean. DJ is clean, bright and unmarked. Bookseller Inventory # 86621

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Title: THE SEED IS MINE: THE LIFE OF KAS MAINE, A ...

Publisher: Hill & Wang Pub, US

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Recounts the life of an African sharecropper who struggled to support his family in a world arranged to enrich whites and impoverish Blacks

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History forgets the small and powerless. It is to South African historian and journalist Charles Van Onselen's credit that he has remembered one of them in a sprawling biography: an illiterate black South African tenant farmer who lived out his days under apartheid. The existence of Kas Maine (1894-1985) had hitherto been formally acknowledged only in official state records, and then only once, for having been arrested in 1931 for not having a license for his pet dog. From that sketchy base Van Onselen creates a powerful life study of a man who lived as best as he could under the most trying circumstances. But he does much more than that: he reinforces Maine's story with a long and fluent account of South African history in the last century.

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