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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But it seemed like just about everybody at Warwick not only knew how to pick
locks but knew how to cross wires in cars and get them started without keys. Just
about everybody knew how to pick pockets and roll reefers, and a lot of cats knew
He knew that the man he loved and had lived with for nearly half of his life would
not look the same. He took a deep breath and entered Room 1248. But, as soon
as he was in the room, his eyes quickly shuttled to his mother. She sat there, on ...
Now I knew I couldn't read too well, I knew that. And I knew I had an accent — a
bad, crippling accent — I knew that because on more than one occasion people
would find it funny and would laugh at it. I knew those things, but what I hadn't ...
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Brotherman: the odyssey of black men in AmericaUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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