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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'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, cutting off the path to the door.
Jackie asked when he knocked upon her door. "Lee." She opened the door and
stood aside to let him enter, her face showing neither pleasure nor surprise, only
a composed complacence as if she had always known that he would come in the
Ghost of a yell slipped through the flames and out the great door of the factory. It
fluttered like a dying thing down the single street of factory town. Louisa, upon the
step before her home, did not hear it, but her eyes opened slowly. They saw the ...
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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