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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.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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