Title: THE SEED IS MINE: THE LIFE OF KAS MAINE, A ...
Publisher: Hill & Wang Pub, US
Publication Date: 1996
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition
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
Synopsis: This bold and innovative social history concerns the disenfranchised blacks who did so much to shape the destiny of South Africa. In a rare triumph of collaborative courage and dedication, van Onselen attempts to set right a historic wrong, recounting the life story of Kas Maine, as he struggled to make ends meet in a world dedicated to enriching whites and impoverishing blacks. of photos.
Review: 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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