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Seed is Mine, The. The Life of Kas Maine, A South African Sharecropper, 1894-1985

Van Onselen, Charles

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ISBN 10: 080909603X / ISBN 13: 9780809096039
Published by Hill and Wang, New York, 1996
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Black South Africans and Afrikaners related to one another socially, economically and politically, not because they wanted to but because they had to. This book is an attempt to understand those relationships. It traces the psychological development of one black share cropping family over a one hundred year cycle. It is a black man's manual of survival in what was apartheid South Africa. Bookseller Inventory # 5316

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Title: Seed is Mine, The. The Life of Kas Maine, A ...

Publisher: Hill and Wang, New York

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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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.


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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