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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In the meanwhile pray for success and pray for me. RALPH ELLISON Juneteenth
No, the wounded man thought, Oh no! Get back to that; back to a bunch of old-
fashioned Negroes celebrating an illusion of emancipation, and getting it mixed
The Odyssey of Black Men in America Herb Boyd, Robert L. Allen. the first day of
that week of celebration. Juneteenth. Hot, dusty. Hot with faces shining with
sweat and the hair of the young dudes metallic with grease and straightening
Quarterly Review of Literature: "Juneteenth" by Ralph Ellison from Quarterly
Review of Literature, Volume XIII, 3-4. Reprinted by permission of Quarterly
Review of Literature. Dudley Randall: "A Different Image" from Cities Burning by
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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