The Seed Is Mine
The Life of Kas Maine, a South African Sharecropper, 1894-1985
ISBN10: 0809015943 ISBN13: 9780809015948 Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux (Tx) Published: Feb 1 1997 Pages: 649 Weight: 2.15lbs. Height: 9.25" Width: 6.75" Depth: 1.75" Language: English
Winner of the Sunday Times (South Africa) Alan Paton Award for Nonfiction Winner of the Herskovitz Award from the African Studies Association. 'The seed is mine. The ploughshares are mine. The span of oxen is mine. Everything is mine. Only the land is their's.'--Kas Maine A bold and innovative social history, The Seed Is Mine concerns the disenfranchised blacks who did so much to shape the destiny of South Africa. After years of interviews with Kas Maine and his neighbors, employers, friends, and family--a rare triumph of collaborative courage and dedication--Charles van Onselen has re-created the entire life of a man who struggled to maintain his family in a world dedicated to enriching whites and impoverishing blacks, while South Africa was tearing them apart.