Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America
Herb Boyd, Robert L. Allen
One World, 1996 - Literary Collections - 922 pages
"[AN] OUTSTANDING COLLECTION...
The powerful opening excerpt by Frederick Douglass evokes his boyhood as a slave, and the collection closes with an eloquent discussion of the race problem today by Cornel West. A distinguished addition to black studies".
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The purpose of this extraordinary anthology is made abundantly clear by the editors' stated intention: "to create a living mosaic of essays and stories in which Black men can view themselves, and be viewed without distortion". In this, they have succeeded brilliantly. Brotherman contains more than one hundred and fifty selections, some never before published--from slave narratives, memoirs, social histories, novels, poems, short stories, biographies, autobiographies, position papers, and essays.
Brotherman books us passage to the world that Black men experience as adolescents, lovers, husbands, fathers, workers, warriors, and elders. On this journey they encounter pain, confusion, anger, and love while confronting the life-threatening issues of race, sex, and politics--often as strangers in a strange land. The first collection of its kind, Brotherman gathers together a multitude of voices that add a new, unforgettable chapter to American cultural identity.
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Some were judges but none were preachers of the word of God, Rev. Bliss. For
we come out of heathen Africa . . . Heathen Africa? Out of heathen Africa. Let's tell
this thing true; because the truth is the light. And they brought us here in chains .
Bliss, we were made into nobody and not even mister nobody either, just nobody.
They left us without names. Without choice. Without the right to do or not to do, to
be or not to be . . . You mean without faces and without eyes? We were eyeless ...
Eyeless, tongueless, drumless, danceless, ashes . . . And a worst devastation
was yet to come, Lord God! Tell us, Rev. Hickman. Blow on your righteous horn!
Ah, but Rev. Bliss, in those days we didn't have any horns . . . No horns? Hear
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The editors' attempt to gather essays, poems, and segments of larger works as well as short stories covering every aspect of the black man in America--past, present, and future--explains this book's ... Read full review