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This Land This South

Author : Albert E. Cowdrey
ISBN : 9780813149165
Genre : Nature
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Here is the story of the long interaction between humans, land, and climate in the American South. It is a tale of exploitation and erosion, of destruction, disease, and defeat, but also of the persistent search for knowledge and wisdom. It is a story whose villains were also its victims and sometimes its heroes. Ancient forces created the southern landscape, but, as Albert E. Cowdrey shows, humankind from the time of earliest habitation has been at work reshaping it. The southern Indians, far from being the "natural ecologists" of myth, radically transformed their environment by hunting and burning. Such patterns were greatly accelerated by the arrival of Europeans, who viewed the land as a commodity to be exploited for immediate economic benefit. Cowdrey documents not only the long decline but the painfully slow struggle to repair the damage of human folly. The eighteenth century saw widespread though ineffectual efforts to protect game and conserve the soil. In the nineteenth century the first hesitant steps were taken toward scientific flood control, forestry, wildlife protection, and improved medicine. In this century, the New Deal, the explosion in scientific knowledge, and the national environmental movement have spurred more rapid improvements. But the efforts to harness the South's great rivers, to save its wild species, and to avert serious environmental pollution have often had equivocal results. Originally published in 1983 and needed now more than ever, This Land, This South was the first book to explore the cumulative impact of humans on the southern landscape and its effect on them. In graceful and at times lyrical prose, Albert Cowdrey brings together a vast array of information. Now revised and updated, this important book should be read by every person concerned with the past, present, or future of the South.

The Land South Of The Clouds

Author : Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith
ISBN : 1935754807
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"It is the summer of 1979, the year everyone anticipates the long awaited release of Apocalypse Now, America's frustration with inflation and the long lines to the gas pumps; the top story on every news channel is President Jimmy Carter and his administration's grim dilemma in trying to rescue the American hostages in Iran, and our 10-year-old narrator, Long Vanh, is burdened with the secret his mother, Vu-An, entrusted him to keep: not to tell anyone of her desire to return to Vietnam to be with her father who is serving hard labor in a reeducation camp. Because Long Vanh is a con lai--half Vietnamese, half black--he believes he can become the obedient son despite his shortcomings of not knowing how to decipher the accent marks adorning the words in the letters she receives from the old country, his inability to speak the language, or even maneuver chopsticks properly. He believes if he can compensate for his flaws, she will want to stay in "Asia Minor", an enclave of Los Angeles comprised of veterans and their foreign war wives. She will stay in America to keep the family intact and forget that she ever packed her Samsonite with ao dais, letters, and photographs she made him store in his closet, make her forget that she ever taught him how to lie to anyone who phones that she doesn't live here anymore, that he can even tell them that she is dead. The Land South of the Clouds serves as the companion piece to The Land Baron's Sun: The Story of Lý Loc and His Seven Wives. It is the story of immigrant families meshing into the fabric of American culture, their memories of the old country weighing on their conscience and the repercussions they feel even from thousands of miles away on another continent, in another world, another life"--

The Land Question In South Africa

Author : Lungisile Ntsebeza
ISBN : 0796921636
Genre : History
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Discussing the issues at the heart of the land question in South Africa, this reference focuses on how to reverse the dispossessed land of the indigenous peoples and how a large-scale redistribution of land can contribute to the transformation of the economy and the reduction of poverty, both rural, and urban. Debating these issues, this reference discusses a land reform program that made limited headway since the 1994 democracy of the country. The book offers a robust assessment of that program and raises critical questions for its future. The volume includes contributions by leading scholars having wide appeal among activists and students, as well as academics, researchers, and policymakers.

Through The Land Of Fire

Author : Ben Pester
ISBN : 1574092022
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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At the climax of a 9-month Millennium cruise in a 16-foot classic wooden yacht lay Cape Horn, the most challenging cape to round for generations of sailors. The author complements the drama of his voyage with tales of earlier adventurers who braved these seas, from Magellan and Drake to Cook, Fitzroy and Darwin.

The Greening Of The South

Author : Thomas D. Clark
ISBN : 9780813158075
Genre : History
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In the early 1920s, in many a sawmill town across the South, the last quitting-time whistle signaled the cutting of the last log of a company's timber holdings and the end of an era in southern lumbering. It marked the end as well of the great primeval forest that covered most of the South when Europeans first invaded it. Much of the first forest, despite the labors of pioneer loggers, remained intact after the Civil War. But after the restrictions of the Southern Homestead Act were removed in 1876, lumbermen and speculators rushed in to acquire millions of acres of virgin woodland for minimal outlays. The frantic harvest of the South's first forest began; it was not to end until thousands of square miles lay denuded and desolate, their fragile soils -- like those of the abandoned cotton lands -- exposed to rapid destruction by the elements. With the end of the sawmill era and the collapse of the southern farm economy, the emigration routes from the South to the industrial cities of the North and Midwest were thronged with people forced from the land. Yet in the first quarter of this century, even as the destruction of forest and land continued, a day of renewal was dawning. The rise of the conservation movement, the beginnings of the national forests, the development of scientific forestry and establishment of forest schools, the advance of chemical research into the use of wood pulp -- all converged even as the 1930s brought to the South the sweeping reclamation programs of the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Tennessee Valley Authority; in their wake came a new generation of wood-using industries concerned not so much with the immediate exploitation of timber as with the maintenance of a renewable resource. In The Greening of the South, this dramatic story is told by one of the participants in the renewal of the forest. Thomas D. Clark, author of many books about southern history, is also an active timber producer on lands in both Kentucky and South Carolina

The Lava Of This Land

Author : Denis Hirson
ISBN : 0810150697
Genre : Poetry
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A collection of South African poetry.

To Speak Of This Land

Author : Duncan Brown
ISBN : STANFORD:36105132332623
Genre : History
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Questions of identity, belonging, and place are crucial issues in South Africa today. To Speak of this Land explores these issues in a way that is academically rigorous but refreshingly accessible. Duncan Brown's focus is South Africa - spanning Bushman storytelling, rock painting, and aboriginal land claims; African-Christian identity formations; Mazisi Kunene's Emperor Shaka the Great; Ronnie Govender's Cato Manor stories; the poetry of Douglas Livingstone; and the rap music of Prophets of da City - but he draws on comparative material from elsewhere in the world, as well as stressing the 'global' aspects of 'local' identities. To Speak of this Land offers thought-provoking answers for a South African context to this internationally challenging question.

In Search Of Land And Housing In The New South Africa

Author : Stephen Berrisford
ISBN : 0821373749
Genre : Law
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This study outlines the difficulties poor communities face in accessing peri-urban land in South Africa that could have implications and lessons for similar communities in other countries facing spatial segregation issues. 'In Search of Land and Housing in the New South Africa' focused on one community, composed largely of laid-off farm workers that wanted to buy their own farm in a peri-urban area west of Johannesburg. Their dream was to establish a mixed-use settlement. They wanted to call the village Ethambalethu 'Our Hope.' About 250 families started their own association and savings scheme to make their dream a reality. By 1997, they had saved enough money to make their first purchase offer. A decade later, the community's dream is still not a reality. The families have faced numerous obstacles: two cancelled sale agreements, wrongful arrest, being sued in court, an out-of-court settlement for which community members were paid to not move into the white neighborhood, and large sums of their own money spent on consultants and environmental impact studies. In an agreement with the Mogale City Municipality, where the land is located, the community now has at least a confirmed right to occupy the land. But it does not yet legally own the land, and is still trying to get permission to build on and work the land. The case of Ethembalethu is not unique. Millions of black South Africans live in peri-urban areas. Yet, government programs, development planning and environmental regulations, and the current land and housing markets do not support realization of their aspirations to become homeowners on sites of their choice.

South Africa The Land

Author : Domini Clark
ISBN : 0778792900
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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Ages 9 to 14 years. Fabulous photographs reveal the breathtaking beauty of South Africa from Table Mountain near Cape Town to the dry veldt in the north.

Poverty In The Land Of Riches South Africa

Author : Matsime Simon Mohapi
ISBN : 9781465302830
Genre : Political Science
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Before 1994 South Africa practiced a vicious system of oppression. the divisions were clear and vivid. the enemy of the people was well defined and clear. Now let us look back at the history of our people from 1994. We are today in the democratic reign of the fourth democratic president of RSA. But still the great majority of our people has hardship and continues to suffer in agony. There is no apartheid and so who should we blame? People are unhappy and angry. This in our time is danger. People blame and hate each other as they compete for scarce government resources. People blame foreigners as the cause of their current state of suffering. People are misled to blame and attack our Councillors and other government officials. They are confused by the results and causes and by the causes and results. the time is now for you and me to make an attempt in defining the enemy of the people. Matsime Simon Mohapi, from: "Poverty in the Land of Riches - South Africa".

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