Touching the Earth

Touchingthe Earth

Inthis book, the author tries to identify and show how black people’sconnection to the land has its roots from their early ancestors. Theauthor tries to show that this connection didn’t just merely comeup when they were brought to America to work on the fields as slaves.From her early years while she was growing up in the country side,she states that she could see that all grown black men loved theland.

Welived a happy, comfortable life to be right outa slavery times. Ididn’t know nothing else but the farm so it was happy and we washappy… we couldn’t do anything else but be happy we accept thedays as they come and as they were. Day by day until you couldn’tsay there was any great hard time. We overlooked it. We didn’tthink nothing about it. We just went along. We had what it takes tomake a good living and go about it.”(Hooks105)

Sheadds on to describe the level of satisfaction that she could see onher father’s face as he looked out at the fields of growingvegetables, corn and collards. Here argument is that the modern blackpeople ought to have a connection with the land just like theirpredecessors did in the past.

Theauthor comes from a country side up bringing kind of set up.Additionally she grew up with a mentality that there exists aconnection between land and her people that brought joy, happinessand peace to her race. Having taken that in mind, this backgroundinfluences her thinking coupled with experiences of the black peoplewho after shifting to the capitalistic North from the agrarian Southstates encountered myriads of challenges.

Shedoes not know her beauty

Shethinks her brown body

Hasno glory.

Ifshe could dance naked,

Underpalm trees

Andsee her image in the river

Shewould know.

Butthere are no palm trees on the street,

Anddishwater gives back no images.”(Hooks107)

Thoreauon his part neither discarded civilization nor fully was of the ideaof wilderness. Rather he sought to strike a balance between thepastoral area that puts together both nature and culture. This isvery similar to Hooks notion of the connection that people ought toestablish with the land.

Hooksasserts that the natural world ought to be preserved in order torestore the balance to the planet by altering our relations to natureand the natural resources. Thoreau on the other hand preferred andappreciated civilization more too natural preservation of nature.


Dixon,Terrell F.&nbspCityWilds: Essays and Stories About Urban Nature.Athens, Ga. [u.a.: Univ. of Georgia Press, 2002. Print.