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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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
raised me on the discography. Pops had played pretty good stride piano when he
"No thanks, Pops." "What's wrong? Why don't you want any ham?" "I stopped
eating pork while I was away." Jaws locked in the middle of chews. "Why'd you do
that?" "It didn't agree with me, so I stopped eating it." "It agreed with you all right ...
"That's okay, Pops." "But that's not what I wanted to talk about. What I really want
to talk about is your plans." "My plans?" "Yeah, the future. You've had a little
setback, but now it's time to plan your next move so you don't make the same
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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