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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... a touch of elegance to these precious qualities and the stage is set for the
magisterial Duke Ellington. Charm and grace were the Duke's calling cards, and
like Sidney Bechet, he put nothing else before his love and respect for his music.
And with a name like Ellington, there ain't no way you can fail!" There it was. The
invocation of the name Ellington. My father was an ardent admirer of Duke
Ellington. He had collected almost every record Ellington had ever recorded and
I wanted him to experience the pride of learning about the sublime Russian poet
Aleksander Pushkin, the extraordinary American composer Duke Ellington, and
Alexandre Dumas, author of The Three Musketeers. I wanted Evan to learn about
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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