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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Instead, she would settle her eyes momentarily on Gweneth's face and then pass
quickly to -mine. But in that instant she seemed to be saying, "Don't look back
now, girl, but I know that bald-headed boy behind you has you on his mind.
Sheriff Tom stood in the hallway talking with Red and Ginger Pasko until he saw
Ginger's eyes jerk and stare beyond his shoulder. He turned around and quickly
shouted, "Where ya all think ya goin?" Cinder and Katey stopped. Cinder's eyes ...
But they never batted an eye. "Mom, this is Cora." "How do you do, dear. Jimmy
has told us so much about you." Dear, sweet Mom. Always gracious and friendly.
"Dad, this is Cora." Dad grinning, looking straight at her with eyes as blue as hers
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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