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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"How you think we gonna survive this shit, man?" Rooster talked fast. "Anyway, I
do it 'cause I can. That's what power is." Hanging out with Rooster was
exhilarating and challenged Sonny daily on the choices he had to make.
Sometimes, late ...
Efan said, 'Cause I'm gonna kill him, boss. Wait a minute, boss, you don't have to
build no large grave, just a small hole like this. And he made a hole with his two
open hands. Just a small hole what you use to bury guts in to keep 'em from the ...
Great God! he thought to himself, if I don't think up somethin', that bad nigger
gonna kick my ass and bury me in the ground like he doing that sledge hammer.
He didn't know what to do, he was trembling so. The crowd was yelling. Efan
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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