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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The minister, Miss Emma, and my aunt were waiting for me outside. They stood
by the minister's car, near the statue of the Confederate soldier and the three
flags. The flags hung limp beneath the overcast sky. The minister and my aunt
Sheriff Tom stood in the hallway talking with Red and Ginger Pasko until he saw
Ginger's eyes jerk and stare beyond his shoulder. He turned around and quickly
shouted, "Where ya all think ya goin?" Cinder and Katey stopped. Cinder's eyes ...
To the extent that he stood in the way of bigotry, his life was in jeopardy, his
saintly persuasion notwithstanding. To the extent that he was black and was
calling America to account, his days were numbered by the nation he sought to
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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