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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If a girl got pregnant and she wasn't married it was a big scandal. She almost
couldn't be seen in public. Some parents would even send her away to live with
an aunt, grandmother or relative in another town. But girls still got pregnant.
These dreams and fantasies persisted on an ever widening and deepening level
throughout my teens — that is, until I finished high school. At that time I began to
date rather seriously. My dates were always light-skinned Negro girls, never ...
I daydreamed a lot about that kind of relationship, hungry for a boy-girl
relationship that fitted my fantasies. Dorothy, the girl I'd left behind in Nassau, had
by this time married someone else, and of all the girls I met during my Army
sojourn, none ...
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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