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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According to my father, this style was embodied in an Ellington tune entitled "
Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue," and was on the album Ellington at Newport
1956. Pops interpreted the side as an expression of what it meant to be blue or ...
It required little imagination to see Tom-Tom clad in the blue-and-gold of
Beaumont High, gliding like a gazelle over an array of hurdles. Dreams of athletic
glory were already a fast-fading memory for him, for he'd quit school at thirteen,
Mr. Ryder might aptly be called the dean of the Blue Veins. The original Blue
Veins were a little society of colored persons organized in a certain Northern city
shortly after the war. Its purpose was to establish and maintain correct social ...
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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