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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'I ain't stole nothing," Robert snapped. 'Did I go through that door with anything?"
Frank cocked his bat. "No, but you — " "Ain't no but' about it. I didn't go through
that door with nothing, so the law says I ain't stole nothing." Frank circled Robert ...
Now, all you know you can't help nobody if you ain't got nothin yoself, know what I
'm sayin? Now, everybody in dis room been a soldyar in the war against poverty
all of ourwah life . . . cause we know dat the best way to help the po peoples ista ...
Feller ain't be happy like that." A thought of Anna flashed into Melody's head. He
said nothing. Chinatown said, "That's where you wrong. You ought to see them
boys headed for the cat house of a Saturday." "That ain't woman." "You got to git
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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