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 seemed to be studying Deek. He'd slipped one arm around the smaller kid,
keeping him back, too. His other paw half concealed what Ty now saw was a little
silver gun. It was aimed from the hip full at Deek. Ty wondered how good a shot ...
But in that instant she seemed to be saying, "Don't look back now, girl, but I know
that bald-headed boy behind you has you on his mind." She seemed to watch me
daily, with a combination of amusement and absolute detachment in her brown ...
And without her stern hand and wise counsel there seemed a gradual erosion of
the basic values and ethics she had imported from Lebanon, Tennessee. We
worked less, spent more, and searched for happiness anywhere but in the
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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