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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Sonny sat back in the chair and crossed his legs while his mother's words filled
the hospital room and transformed it into a parlor with plush overstuffed brocade
chairs. He had always loved to hear her talk — he could still see himself, a little ...
Sonny remembered asking. "How you think we gonna survive this shit, man?"
Rooster talked fast. "Anyway, I do it 'cause I can. That's what power is." Hanging
out with Rooster was exhilarating and challenged Sonny daily on the choices he
"I don't know, Sonny, he's not my son. I can't keep up with everybody and their
names. Anyway, what's the big deal?" "Dancer just doesn't sound like a real
name." "Well, as far as I know, it is. Besides, you don't have a lot of room to
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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