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The Good Earth

First Editon, 1931


By Pearl S. Buck


Mr. Blassingham's class

Eighth grade students are reading Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth and exploring the role of certain characters in rural China.

The story spans 1882-1939, spanning major historical events: the Chinese Exclusion Act, the Boxer Uprising, and the Russo-Japanese War. Today many Chinese still live in tiny rural villages very similar to the The Good Earth characters.



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Encyclopedia Britannica Online

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Britannica Image Quest


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Setting: China, 1890s–1930s

The Idyllic Life The Idyllic Life - Photo by Jimmy Su

"I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in human beings. Like Confucius of old, I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels."

~Pearl S. Buck


Illustrations of China and Its People

From the World Digital Library:

John Thomson (1837-1921) was the first known photographer to document the people and landscape of China for publication and dissemination to the Western world.

Illustrations of China and Its People: A Series of Two Hundred Photographs, with Letterpress Descriptive of the Places and People Represented was published around 1873.


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