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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Dickties can't fight." "Jes' 'cause they can't fight ain' no reason how come we got
to fight fo' em." " 'Tain' nothin' else. Fays don' see no difference 'tween dickty
shines and any other kind o' shines. One jig in danger is ev'y jig in danger. They'd
I dont believe dem muthafuckas is too anxious to git in no fight uptown . . . not no
real fight." "Lo-lo-look Wo-Woogie, I ain't tr-tryin to ta-talk yall outta nothin. My-my
name is buck and you know I do-don't give a fu-fu-fuck! Ho-however whicha ...
But why the heavy choice of elite fighting units? A large part of the explanation is
an information lag. The brother is here, and he's raising hell," said an eighteen-
year-old Marine in Vietnam; "we're proving ourselves." The massive record of 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