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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When they were slaves, a coloured person was simply called "John" or "Susan."
There was seldom occasion for more than the use of one name. If "John" or "
Susan" belonged to a white man by the name of "Hatcher," sometimes he was
One has to realize that Hippocrates himself, in what is called the Hippo- cratic
Oath, wrote that he had a god named Escalipius, the Greek name for the God
Imhotep. Imhotep had died 2500 years before the birth of Hippocrates. Imhotep is
When one of the first of the so-called philosophers came to Egypt, we see him
before 640 b.c.e. When he was supposed to have released his philosophical
thinking, he is in Egypt. From Socrates down to Aristotle, the so-called post-
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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