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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Why are you frying eggs this time of day, Mama asked me that evening. Have you
seen the pepper, Mama? I replied. An unathletic child with too great an interest in
food — no wonder I was fat, and therefore compelled to wear "husky" clothes.
He had said it once too often when Mama was around. She had promised to beat
his ass if she ever heard him use it. So when he said it yesterday after he had
dropped his last M&M on the floor, while she was in the same room giving him ...
Mama, they says Ah can't." Katey wiped the tears from her eyes and Deputy Hill
looked away. Cinder whispers, "Mama's here, Mama's here, baby." Billy pleads
again, "Mama, Ah wants ta go home. Ah don't wants ta be in that jail no more.
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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