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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"Well, before you go, talk to your mother. She wants to talk to you. But you know
how she is. She figures you should come to her. She's probably in the kitchen
now. Go talk to her." LOUIS EDWARDS Ten Seconds His family used to go to the
"No, I don't want to talk about this anymore, Troy. This was none of your business,
all of this. This was private, between me and your father. And I'm gonna make
sure it stays that way." Now Troy exploded in anger. "But he was my father!
After we'd be up all night at jam sessions, me and Freddie would sit up even
longer talking about music and music theory, about approaches to the trumpet. At
Juilliard I'd sleepwalk through them sorry-ass classes, bored to tears, especially
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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