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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Hickman . . . . . . Yes and they took those drums away . . . Away, Amen! Away! And
they took away our heathen dances . . . . . . They left us drumless and they left us
danceless . . . Ah yes, they burnt up our talking drums and our dancing drums .
The bartender picked up his ax handle. "What you want here, Cuban? Ain't you
had enough?" "No." Pablo didn't smile. He took the brown paper bag and put it
gently on the counter. Cigars, he said, are delicate and shouldn't be tossed
It took a while but finally I saw a few people nod their heads — nod as if to say, "
Yeah, I hear you." These few nods proved contagious, or so it seemed, for more
and more people began nodding their heads. In no time at all everyone 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