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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Despite the time nearing midnight, they became confident with each step that
Elaine was just at a friend's they did not know about, that the friend's mother, like
any good mother, would soon send their daughter home. Rita, in the last blocks ...
"Jefferson, I want us to be friends," I said. "Not only you and me, but I want you to
be friends with your nannan. I want you to be more than a godson to her. A
godson obeys, but a friend — well, a friend would do anything to please a friend.
person or two, inviting them to dinner, showing them Harlem, ending up at the
Savoy — much to the displeasure of whatever friends of his might be out that
evening for fun, not sociology. Friends are friends and, unfortunately, overearnest
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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