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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My father was hard on colored people — and funny about it, too. Aside from the
brief stint as a student in New Jersey, Daddy's major contact with Negro culture
from Elsewhere had been in the army, at Camp Lee, Virginia. He used to tell us
Being at Camp Lee, an all-colored world, he'd say a decade later, was like
watching episodes of Amos and Andy. Hard as Daddy could be on colored
people, he was Marcus Garvey compared to his father. Pop Gates used to claim
that the ...
One of the waiters added, "She's not white, sir, she's colored." Whereupon the
man from Iowa looked puzzled, dropped his fists, and said, "I'm sorry." The
colored man said, "What are you doing up here in Harlem anyway, interfering
with my ...
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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