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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I always felt bad when the baby cried. I felt that something had to be done before
we could go on. But Regina just held her and talked to me as if there were no
yelling. "Then why you come home all liquored up?" "Com'on, baby," I said.
I did not want to do this as I have always felt a bit uncomfortable doing readings.
Moreover, I sensed that the sort of stuff I had written was not likely to impress the
students. It wasn't Afrocentric. It wasn't Nikki Giovanni. It wasn't even strikingly ...
Yet despite my certainty I felt a sharp tug of guilt as I tried to explain myself over
my friend's skepticism. He is a man of many comedic facial expressions and, as I
spoke, his brow lifted in extreme moral alarm as if I were uttering 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