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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Perhaps you want to preserve an image of her unaffected by the years: the dark
molasses of her slender and dimpled face unsullied by time; her figure still
shapely. But you have too keen an eye. You must see time in her face, the
Was it because you were a mulatto and they so dark? But they never once
showed signs of being colorstruck; in fact they seemed unaccountably proud of
their darkness. "What do you want to do, Booker" — her voice haunting, mossy —
Furthermore dark-skinned Blacks may perceive someone who is passing as
having a "superior attitude," while whites may perceive him or her as mean or
nasty. In my opinion a belief that light skin is superior prevails worldwide and has
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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