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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He set the drink down in front of Pablo. For a minute, Pablo just looked at it. Then
he lifted it to his lips and drank it down and pushed it across the bar to the
bartender. The bartender picked it up and studied it. Finally, he looked at Pablo
Billy kept his head down, but looked up when he heard the red-haired girl crying
out, "That's him. That's him right there. That's the nigger that stuck Lori. That's him.
He killed Lori. Ah saw him. He stuck her and made her die. Ah hate ya, nigger.
Aunt Beulah-May said he looked just like "poor white trash." Other people, black
and white, said all kinds of things about his parents behind their backs, even if
they were married. And these people, when it came to discussing him, shook
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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