The Story of Africa South of the Sahara Author:Katharine Savage South of the Sahara Desert is a land of violent contrasts. there are arid deserts and fertile farmlands;jagged coasts and gentle harbors; towering mountains and low-lying plains. in the citites, extremes of wealth and poverty lie side by side. medicine is taught in modern universities, while in deep jungles primitive people are cured of disease ... more »by witchcraft.
the african natives vary as greatly as thier vast land in customs, appearance and speech: the bantu tribes alone speak over 250 different languages. tribes are centuries apart in thier civilizations: while ashantis work in western dress in office buildings in ghana, little bushmen barely subsist at the most primitive level of human existence on the kalahari desert. the africa of today was shaped by the explorers who opened up the continent, by the slave traders and industrialists who exploited it,and by the missionaries who sought to teach it.« less