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 months immediately after his father died, Troy suffered deeply, sometimes
spending entire days lying on his bed staring at the ceiling, wondering things like
whether he would grow up and be a homo if he didn't have a father anymore ...
His presence was already shadowy enough in Troy's memories; now it had just
taken several steps deeper into the shadows. Troy needed to read this note
again, over and over, until it was seared, branded into his mind, the final words
be interested in this one," Troy said, watching his brother from a chair at his
dining-room — or, more accurately, dining-area — table. "Well, enough of this
drama. What is it? Let me see it." "Okay." Troy got up from the chair and brought
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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