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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Daddy knows that and doesn't try to tell me what to do anymore. He knows if I
wanted to eat veal cutlet through a straw not to say anything to me about it. . . .
But anyway, what about you? Are you okay?" "Yeah, I'm all right." "I worried about
I kept telling myself that Regina was my wife, my partner in life. I planned to tell
her about what I'd done over the years. I planned to tell her that Mofass really
worked for me and that I had plenty of money in bank accounts around town. But I
He can hear Gumpy calling, but it is in a different time. "Hey, Billy, can ya's come
out? Hey, Billy, ya wants ta go down ta the Catfish wit me?" He can hear the
sound of Gumpy's voice, but it is only the sound of his words. Gumpy is telling Ely
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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